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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released a statement today apologizing to owners, players and fans for the now infamous video taping incident. At his usual morning press conference, Belichick would not comment further and after several times having to waive off questions on the incident, Belichick simply walked off the podium.
As previously posted, ESPN.com reported last night that Commissioner Roger Goodell has found the Patriots in violation of league rules. Rumors are now that the Patriots could lose multiple draft picks because of the violation.
My Take: Alright so I’m going to have to modify my previous reaction to this situation. Though I’m convinced the Patriots are far from the only team to do something like this, it’s embarrassing to the franchise to be charged with this. The Patriots are good enough to win without an upper hand and it’s just unfortunate that they will have to face the brunt of a league-wide problem. The punishment will be interesting to see. If the Patriots lose on of their two 2008 first round draft picks, Belichick should (but won’t) come out and apologize again and explain just exactly what has been going on.
We Patriots fans have lived with Belichick’s brash style with the media because he has produced amazing results. With something as serious as this, it would be best if he could open up a little more and give us a complete explanation. But don’t hold your breath.