WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sen. Arlen Specter said on Wednesday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told him that the New England Patriots had been spying on rival teams since 2000 when Bill Belichick took over as head coach.
Specter said he discussed the scandal involving the illegal videotaping of rival sideline signals and other issues with Goodell at a meeting that lasted nearly two hours.
After the meeting Specter told reporters he learned "that the Patriots have taped since the year 2000 when coach Belichick took over."
"There's no doubt it had an impact on the games," Specter added. "It is hard to tell what games were involved with the destruction of the notes and the tapes.
"No really valid reason was given for the destruction of the notes and the tapes.
This is an example of why Congress should have some oversight of these sports. The NFL would have been happy to bury all this information.