September 12, 2007
Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella had his video camera and tape seized by the NFL after they accused him of filming Jets defensive coaches giving signals to players on the field. The commissioner Roger Goodell determined the Patriots violated league rules last Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the Jets' coaches. Patriots coach Bill Belichick apologized to his team today and confirmed that he has spoken to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his "interpretation" of league rules that ban videotaping of the opposing sideline. It was not clear what Belichick was apologizing for, and the coach repeatedly refused to elaborate on a one-paragraph statement issued 10 minutes before a regularly scheduled news conference to discuss Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers. The NFL reportedly is considering punishing the New England Patriots for spying on the New York Jets in their season opener. The same assistant who had his video confiscated during the game against the Jets was caught doing the same thing last year in Lambeau Field. "From what I can remember, he had quite a fit when we took him out," Packers president Bob Harlan told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. "We had gotten word before the game that they [the Patriots] did this sort of thing, so we were looking for it."