Apparently, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania is on a mission, of sorts; specifically in this case, his quest is in the handling of the New England Patriots’ “Spygate” controversy. According to the New York Times, Specter is of the belief that the NFL doesn’t really want to talk with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh.
Specter’s latest attempt to shed further light on the subject includes Specter asking NFL commissioner Goodell to release any and all letters between the league and Walsh’s attorneys, with Specter adding, “I’d like to issue a challenge to the commissioner to make public the extensive exchange of correspondence between the league’s lawyers and Walsh’s lawyers.” Specter’s main concern is in how any evidence is handled by the league, as he told the Times, “Any objective or accurate reading of the correspondence would show the NFL is trying to discourage Walsh from coming forward. Especially the requirement in the letter, where the NFL calls for the destruction of whatever Walsh turns over without any provision for me or anyone else to see it.”
This should be interesting, to say the least. Goodell does raise some valid points, especially in the “destruction” of evidence – in this case, tapes and quite possibly, correspondence, if any, between the league and Walsh’s attorneys. I don’t like the turn this is taking at all, and the league is risking the chance of losing their coveted antitrust exemption that they enjoy right now.