More on Belichick: A Response to a Comment

Thanks, Ari, for the opinion (but not for the name you called me). [See his comment on my last post.] Fans can’t be expected to study the rulebook to this extent. Generally, those who do this are looking for a loop-hole to exonerate their team. All I know is … three-quarters of a million dollars doesn’t sound like a “location” fine. And the words of Dungy, Holmgren, and others don’t seem to treat it quite that lightly.

But let’s be fair. If only Belichick would explain himself. But he’s not talking.

Here is what he did say, from the New York Times:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 12 — New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, embroiled in a controversy over whether he had a staff member break N.F.L. rules by videotaping opposing coaches’ signals, took a page from the Jason Giambi handbook of damage control Wednesday.

Belichick said he had discussed the videotaping of the Jets’ sideline with Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Belichick apologized without saying what he was apologizing for, and acknowledged that he had talked with Commissioner Roger Goodell about the videotaping that occurred during Sunday’s season opener against the Jets and his “interpretation of the rules.”

Belichick’s Statement

“Earlier this week, I spoke with Commissioner Goodell about a videotaping procedure during last Sunday’s game and my interpretation of the rules. At this point, we have not been notified of the league’s ruling. Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league’s decision, I will have further comment.”

He did not have “further comment.”

Read it here.

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2 Responses to “More on Belichick: A Response to a Comment”


  1. 1 yorel47 September 15, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    You’re probably right. And I always admire the “Always have and always will be” fans. Too many jump on the bandwagon when a team’s winning and off when they’re doing poorly. Thanks for your comment.

  2. 2 iamallthatiam September 15, 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Belichick probably doesn’t want to incriminate himself further by saying the wrong thing. I think he’s smart for not saying anything. At a time like this, anything he says can be used against him. What do you think?

    I’m a Pats fan. Always have and always will be.


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