New Spy Video Charge Hits Pats

New England stands accused of taping the Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2008 8:17 AM CST
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft holds the Lombardi trophy as he celebrates the Patriot's 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome,   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Just when you thought the media had largely lost interest in Cameragate, Bill Belichick's New England juggernaut has been hit with a new allegation concerning spy videotaping. An unnamed source told the Boston Herald that a Patriots staffer hung around to capture the Rams on tape the night before 2002's Super Bowl XXXVI, which the underdog Pats won.

A Patriots representative claims that "the coaches have no knowledge of" the incident, and it's unclear what happened to the tape—or whether the cameraman was acting on his own. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, already tangling with Senator Arlen Spector over the destruction of this season's sideline spy tapes of the New York Jets signaling during a game, insisted that there is "no indication" that videotaping "benefited them in any of the Super Bowl victories.”