League Close to Deal to Interview Walsh About "SpyGate"
The NFL is close to an agreement to interview former New England Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, possibly a key figure in the "SpyGate" investigation.
Attorneys for Walsh and the league have been negotiating an agreement to indemnify Walsh against possible legal problems arising from what he might tell the NFL. Both sides indicated tonight that an agreement could be completed soon.
"Our counsel and Mr. Walsh's attorney have been engaged in a serious effort for some time now to reach an agreement that would permit Mr. Walsh to come forward," Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, said in a written statement. "In the last seven days, the lawyers have had intensive and constructive discussions regarding some new and promising approaches. They have made substantial progress toward an agreement that will allow Mr. Walsh to be interviewed. Both sides are optimistic that any remaining issues can be addressed successfully and they are committed to reaching a full agreement as promptly as possible.
"As Commissioner [Roger] Goodell has repeatedly emphasized, 'Nobody wants to hear from Matt Walsh more than the National Football League.' "
Walsh's Washington-based attorney, Michael N. Levy of McKee Nelson, also indicated an agreement could be near.
"I have consistently asked the NFL to provide appropriate legal protections for Mr. Walsh," Levy said in a written statement. "In recent discussions I have had with the league's lawyer, we have made substantial progress toward this end, and I am hopeful that we will be able to craft an agreement with the necessary legal protections so Mr. Walsh can come forward with the truth."
By Mark Maske |
March 9, 2008; 8:30 PM ET
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