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Former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh has received the legal protection he desired and may now talk to the NFL about his time with the Patriots and any shady dealings he was involved with. ESPN reported last night that NFL Commish Roger Goodell has told Walsh the NFL would protect him legally from any suits against the Patriots both criminal and civil if he would disclose what, if any, evidence he has on the Patriots.
Last week, Walsh hinted that he may have further information about the Patriots and alleged spying but would only disclose his views if an organization or media outlet would protect him. Walsh signed a confidentiality agreement before leaving the team in 2003.
My Take: Now we’ll see if Walsh was bluffing or he really has some dirt on the Pats. If he does have any tapes, he could be charged with theft because they would belong to the Pats. It may simply come down to a he said/he said which won’t really affect the Patriots. The inner Patriots fan in me doesn’t like this development because I really fear some tapes being released and the Pats legacy being tarnished permanently, but the inner journalist in me wants to find out what he has to say.