I know, I know. Just when everyone had assumed that Spygate had run its course, there is yet another case of spying on another team’s activities. John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that according to a source, a member of the *GASP* New England Patriots’ video department filmed the St. Louis Rams’ final walkthrough before their contest – Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. Typically, a walkthrough involves practicing plays at a reduced speed without contact or pads; it is common for teams to film their own walkthroughs and practices.
Here’s what we know about what happened. According to a source who was close to the Patriots, on February 2, 2002 – 1 day before the Patriots played the Rams in the Super Bowl, the Patriots visited the Superdome in New Orleans for their final walkthrough. After completing their walkthrough, they had their team picture taken and then the Rams took the field. The source further states that a member of the Patriots’ video staff hung around after attending their walkthrough and filmed the Rams’ walkthrough.
At no point was the Patriots’ employee asked to identify himself or produce a press pass, the source adds; the cameraman rode the media shuttle back to the hotel with news photographers when the Rams’ walkthrough was completed. The source further states that it is not known what the cameraman did with the tape from that point; it is also not known if he made the tape of his own accord or if he was instructed to make the recording by the Patriots or anyone else. After his state of the NFL press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked if the league’s investigation into the Patriots included allegations that they recorded the Rams’ walkthrough in 2002; Goodell’s answer was, “I’m not aware of that.”