In an article written by our good friend Peter King of SI.com, Big, bad commissioner Roger Goodell said he felt “deceived” by New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick after the whole Spygate scandal back in 2007.
If your unsure, the Spygate scandal was huge a few years back, the Patriots were accused and punished for illegally taping the St.Louis Rams walk through during practices and other pre game films. Many accused Goodell of going soft on Belichick and the Patriots, since Pats owner Robert Kraft and Goodell have such a great relationship, and Kraft is one of the main reasons Ole’ Rog was named the next Commissioner. (That has seemed to work out …. not)
Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000. He also stripped the Patriots of their 2008 first-round draft pick.
That aside, Goodell has recently said he asked Belichick to issue a public apology along with the fine, and was all but assured Bill was going to make good on his word, as if a lying, cheating, dirtbag’s word was worth much anyway, but to blow off your boss that’s a whole ‘nother ball game.
“I was given assurances that (Belichick) would tell his side of the story,” Goodell said. “He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.”
Belichick then answered SI.com back and said, “I did not make any assurances about thoroughly discussing the subject publicly. I said I would address it following the league’s review. I then did that in a way I thought was appropriate. I don’t think that was deceptive.”
Uh Oh, looks like Mr.Goodell and Bill’s relationship are at a crossroads, maybe you shouldn’t have destroyed those tapes Goodell, you’d still have some leverage on Wiley Ole Bill Belichick.
While writing this, I came across this video. It’s former NFL LB Garry Cobb questioning Bill Belichick, and wondering why he was never punished more severely for the whole cheating scandal. Check it out, he brings up some great points.