PHOENIX – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual Super Bowl press conference today (1:30 p.m. EST) and several questions were asked about the Patriots and illegal videotaping procedures.
Goodell added more detail to the NFL’s actions against the club, noting that the league had obtained six tapes from the Patriots. Goodell said the six tapes included some games from the 2007 preseason and the rest were “primarily from late in the 2006 season.”
The first question asked to Goodell was in regards to being called before Congress in the future, and if he thought the tapes taint the team’s accomplishments this season.
Goodell said he was “more than willing” to meet with Congress and that there were “various explanations” as to why he destroyed the tapes.
“I believe it was helpful for us in making sure my instructions were followed closely, not just with the Patriots but by every other team,” he said.
“I don’t think it taints their accomplishments,” Goodell added. “I think what they did this season was certainly within the rules, on a level playing field.”