League Probe of Non-Videotaping Allegations Against Patriots by Walsh Ongoing
The NFL continues to investigate two non-videotaping allegations against the New England Patriots made by their former video assistant, Matt Walsh.
When he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell 10 days ago in New York to be interviewed about the videotaping scandal, Walsh also told Goodell and other league officials that he knew of two other examples of wrongdoing by the team in other areas. Walsh indicated that the Patriots had used an ineligible player during practice, one who was on the injured reserve list, and that he'd sold Super Bowl tickets for Patriots players.
Former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker has given backing to Walsh's allegation about the ineligible player on the practice field. Tucker, who spent time with the Patriots in the 2005 season, wrote on Sport Illustrated's web site and said during a televised interview with ESPN that he observed the team using ineligible players on the IR list during practices.
Tucker, who also played for the Washington Redskins, said during his ESPN interview that he respected the strategic mind of Patriots Coach Bill Belichick but couldn't understand why Belichick would risk using ineligible players during practices with so little to be gained from the maneuver.
Goodell said when Walsh first made the allegation that even if it is substantiated that the Patriots used an ineligible player during practices, he wouldn't fine the Patriots further after fining the franchise and Belichick a total of $750,000 in September for illegally videotaping the play signals of opposing coaches.
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