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Former Patriot video employee Matt Walsh now claims he has videotapes of footage the Patriots asked him to film and will gladly hand it over if the NFL will offer full legal protection. Roger Goodell had said he would give Walsh legal protection but apparently it wasn’t full protection. Walsh says he wants full immunity from any legal action taken if he releases the tapes.
The most likely charges levied against Walsh if he were to turn over any tapes is theft and breach of a legal contract. Walsh signed a confidentiality agreement when he left the Patriots organization in 2003 and not only would he be breaking that deal, but having the tapes themselves may be theft. It would be hard to fathom that Walsh would legally have the tapes in the first place.
My Take: More Spygate. This guy wants full immunity, which means he at least thinks he has something which could be damning to the Patriots but is outside the rules of law. As previously stated, there is no way in my mind that Walsh could have any tapes legally, and would be charged with theft if it turns out he has said tapes. As I’ve said before, I want to see what Walsh has even though it might be extremely devastating for the Patriots, but I hope the NFL doesn’t grant this guy full immunity, which I don’t even know how they would do in the first place. Why would the NFL say they would protect him from lawsuits and then it turns out he hands over tapes that don’t show the Patriots doing anything else illegal and then having to shell out millions to the Pats in a civil suit? It’s a very confusing situation that just seems to stick around.