Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who threatened a congressional inquiry into the way the National Football League handled its "Spygate" investigation of the New England Patriots' videotaping practices, said he will not seek hearings on the matter, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.
Specter, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's investigation of the Patriots' taping of opposing team coaches' signals -- a practice violating NFL rules.
But he told the newspaper's editorial board on Monday that "I've gone as far as I can" with his office's investigation of the matter.
That’s because Commissioner Goodell did his job. PERIOD!
As I’ve said many times, either coach Bill Belicheck genuinely didn’t know the rules or is the most arrogant human being in the world. Those are the only two logical explanations for videotaping an opponent who was coached by one of your former assistants. Regardless, the Pats franchise (and Belicheck himself) was severely punished, having been fined as well as losing draft picks. However, I didn’t feel justice was completely served since Belicheck was never suspended.
Unfortunately, the conspiracy nuts will be as vocal as ever (especially in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and St Louis). And as we found out, some of that overzealousness can lead to irresponsible reporting.
In the end, there will be no Congressional investigations, there will be no asterisks next to the Patriots’ three Super Bowl titles and there will be no more mentions of this story at Pats headquarters.
As an NFL fan, I’m just ready to get back to football!