Specter Repeats Call for NFL to Hire Outside Investigator

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) hasn't forgotten about Spygate just yet.

Specter entered a floor statement into the Congressional record Thursday.

He reiterated the same points he's been making all along, repeating his criticisms that the NFL's investigation of the videotaping scandal involving the New England Patriots was insufficient.

He again called on the league to hire an independent outside investigator as baseball did with its steroids scandal by appointing former senator George Mitchell to investigate.

"After thinking and rethinking this matter, it is hard for me to understand the willingness of the public, the media and even the NFL to accept the status quo," Specter wrote. "There is no higher value in our society than integrity. Americans' addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes. The clouds are heavy and getting heavier.

"My strong preference is for the NFL to activate a Mitchell-type investigation. I have been careful not to call for a Congressional hearing because I believe the NFL should step forward and embrace an independent inquiry and Congress is extraordinarily busy on other matters. If the NFL continues to leave a vacuum, Congress may be tempted to fill it."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he has no plans to appoint an outside investigator and several fellow members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said recently they disagree with Specter and don't think Congress should be involved in the matter.

By Mark Maske |  June 6, 2008; 9:47 AM ET  | Category:  League , Patriots
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Sen. Arlen Specter is a joke and should probably spend his time worrying about things that actually make a difference. I understand the government getting involved in the MLB's steroid problem since it's against the law, however, video taping opposing defensive coordinators signals has no such law, as far as I know. I think the NFL Commissioner has actually done a great job with almost every problem that the league has had, since he became commissioner. Senators might want to bring attention to, and fix, something that matters. Like, I don't know, gas prices, water shortages, war, small time stuff like that. Instead we've voted in our own sports league police. If they wanted to be involved in athletics, maybe they should have tried for a different career. No one that wastes my money (taxes) on policing sportsmanship will ever get my vote.

Posted by: chill | June 6, 2008 12:22 PM

While Specter was posturing on this,he failed to vote on global warming cloture. I hope someone will hold him accountable for his priorities.

Posted by: jon | June 6, 2008 11:42 PM

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