The NEW YORK TIMES reports that new allegations of Bill Belichick & the Patriots secretly videotaping opponents have surfaced.
This time, a former New England player (who wishes to remain anonymous) says Belichick was recording other teams’ signals throughout the 2000 preseason - Bill’s first year in Foxboro - and tried to use the information in the season opener against Tampa Bay.
But Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK begs to differ that these brand-new accusations are actually “new”.
Florio doesn’t deny that Belichick has been videotaping since 2000. But he argues that such info has already been established in earlier reports about Bill’s candid camera.
However, Florio doesn’t blame the article’s writers: “Instead, the false impression created by the headline was created by whoever wrote the headline. As we’ve learned over the years, that person rarely is the person who wrote the story.”
That’s not to say there isn’t any new dirt in the Times piece. Mike Martz spoke up about claims that the Pats videotaped the Rams’ walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI.
The ex-St. Louis coach & current 49ers offensive coordinator took offense that the Pats couldn’t have learned much from taping the pre-game walk:
“For somebody to say that, it’s kind of disgusting. The whole point is if they really cheated. To say he took some steroids and it did help or it didn’t help, that’s never the point. The point is, to all these high school coaches and high school kids and college kids, that if they did cheat, that’s the point.”
Martz said he originally believed the Pats’ Super Bowl taping story was false, but he still wants the NFL to continue investigating the charges: “I was involved in that. I was responsible for a lot of people in that game.”
If so, Mike might want to get in on this lawsuit.