NEW YORK -- Here were some key points from Roger Goodell’s 28-minute press conference:
On Matt Walsh providing new information regarding the Patriots videotaping practices: “Today, we were able to confirm that all of the details of his [Matt Walsh’s] activities while he was a Patriots employee … the fundamental information that Matt provided was consistent with what we disciplined the Patriots for last fall and that essentially they were taping coaches signals against NFL policy.”
On a Feb. 2 Boston Herald report that a member of the Patriots video department had filmed the St. Louis Rams walkthrough: “We were also able to verify that there was no Rams walkthrough tape. No one asked him to tape the walkthrough. He’s not aware of anybody else who may have taped the walkthrough. He had not seen such a tape. He does not know of anybody who says there is a tape. He was in the building at the time of the walkthrough along with other Patriots video personnel. They were doing their job prior to the game. He in fact was even on the sidelines in his Patriots gear while the Rams were practicing. So it was clear that there was not an overt attack addressing access into the Rams walkthrough.”
On information Walsh had regarding other allegations levied against the Patriots: “He confirmed that he was aware of no other violations of league policy by the Patriots, or anybody associated with the Patriots. No bugging of locker rooms. There was no manipulation of communication systems. There was no crowd noise violations that he was aware of. No mic’ing of players to pick up opposing signals or audibles. We were able to confirm that the Patriots followed NFL policy, as far as he knew, other than the taping of coaching signals.”
On other information provided by Walsh: “Two new pieces of information that we did pick up that were of note – one is that he indicated there was a tape, at one point in time, of a player inappropriately practicing, he was a player on injured reserve. He practiced back in, I believe, 2001. He identified the player. We’re verifying that. That is something we have been looking into. I will tell you up front, though, the way we normally handle those matters, those are matters of a team fine if they are verified. I would expect that if we verify it, that I would consider that the fine I implemented of $750,000, between the Patriots and Bill Belichick, I would not take any further action on that. But we will be verifying that. The second was a non-competitive issue, which was the scalping, potentially, of Super Bowl tickets by players. He said that he was the one that sold the tickets. He said it was limited to four or five a season, over two seasons, so I think it was somewhere between 8 and 12. We are looking into that as well.”
On whether there will be further sanctions against the Patriots: "I don't anticipate it. As I said, I think the fundamental information provided today is consistent with what we knew last September, and that the discipline I took was unprecedented at that time, and I feel it was appropriate."