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NFL wants to speak with ex-Pats video man

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Boston.com Staff / February 5, 2008

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello reportedly told USA Today that the league wants to talk to Matt Walsh -- a former member of the Patriots videotaping staff -- about a weekend report that an employee of the Patriots videotaped the St. Louis Rams' pregame walkthrough for the Super Bowl after the 2001 season, an allegation the Patriots have denied.

"We will seek to speak with him, so our security people are in the process of trying to make that happen," Aiello told the newspaper, adding that the league wants to determine if he has new information.

According to multiple reports, Walsh had suggested he might have evidence that could implicate the Patriots. Walsh's tenure with the Patriots ended abruptly in 2003.

Over the weekend, in an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would be open to talking to Walsh if he had new information.

"We were aware of these allegations and rumors. We looked into them," said Goodell. "There's nothing to substantiate that. I do not know Matt Walsh and we certainly will talk to him if he has additional information, but I have not seen him indicate he has any information. We will certainly pursue it, though."

On Saturday, the Patriots released the following statement regarding the latest Spygate allegation: "The suggestion that the New England Patriots recorded the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough on the day before Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 is absolutely false. Any suggestion to the contrary is untrue."

The NFL also responded to the allegations: "We were aware of the rumor months ago and looked into it," Aiello wrote in an e-mail to the Globe last weekend. "There was no evidence of it on the tapes or in the notes produced by the Patriots, and the Patriots told us it was not true."

According to the USA Today report, Walsh lives in Hawaii while working as a club golf pro. A variety of media outlets the last several days say Walsh has indicated he has pertinent evidence about the 2002 matter but hasn't been specific. The Pro Bowl is this weekend in Hawaii.

Material from The Boston Globe was used in this report.

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