According to court papers filed in U.S. district court in New Orleans, “Spygate” repercussions continue. A group of lawyers filed the suit claiming that the team defrauded St. Louis fans and players when they allegedly taped a Rams practice before barely escaping with a victory in the 2002 Super Bowl.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a former Rams player two 2002 Super Bowl ticket holders and a Rams seat license holder. The former player is Willie Gary. Who, you ask. Exactly he was a backup safety that didn’t play a down in the game. The group claims that taping the game gave the Patriots a distinct advantage in winning the game.
The plaintiffs include Gary; ticket holder Kevin Hacker of Cincinnati, Ohio; ticket holder Marcus Miller of Collinsville, Ill.; and Peter Trout of St. Charles, Mo., the owner of two Rams seat licenses
“It is the contention of the plaintiffs that but for the videotaping, known and unknown at this time, and based upon the results of the game by a field goal margin, the outcome of the game would have been different,” said Eric Deters, a Kentucky attorney who filed the lawsuit. As per their usual stance on things the Pats had no comment.
“Each ticket attendee of the game paid millions of dollars to watch a supposedly honest competitive game,” according to the lawsuit. The attorneys are seeking that the damages be tripled under the Civil Rico laws, bringing the damages to $100 million. The attorneys also want the complaint to be certified as a class action lawsuit for three distinct classes – Rams players; the fans who bought tickets for the 2002 Super Bowl; and owners of Rams seat licenses for the 2001-2002 season.
Deters said he has no firsthand evidence that the 2002 taping occurred, either. He based the complaint on media reports.
According to the Clerk of Courts office their have been summons issued not only to Coach Belichick but also owner Robert Kraft.
Stay tuned fans, on the next episode of “Spygate” the Rams cheerleaders will file a suit against the Patriots cheerleaders claiming that they taped their pillow fight the night before the big game.