Jets head coach Eric Mangini, former assistant to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, knew of the Patriots’ surveillance maneuvers and tipped off members of the Jets’ organization.
An NFL security official confiscated a video camera and tape from Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella. The tape reportedly has some pretty damning evidence. Estrella allegedly videotaped hand signals from the jets’ defensive coaches on the sideline. He was caught right before halftime on Sunday, as he was trying to enter the Patriots’ locker room. Sources said that a lively discussion took place between league security, Jets security and Patriots security. New Jersey state troopers were even called for precautionary measures. The tape ended up with the NFL security, which was then put in a sealed box and forwarded on to the league.
Bill Belichick did apologize today at a press conference, but exactly what he is apologizing for, who knows?
“Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players,” Belichick said. “Following the league’s decision, I will have further comment.”
Belichick refused to answer repeated questions regarding the spying and said, “Are there any questions about the Chargers? Anyone want to talk about the football game?” Sure, Bill, that’s what everyone at the press conference wanted to talk about. LOSER.
Those three Super Bowl rings are looking a little tarnished now, aren’t they?