After meeting with former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell effectively closed the book on Spygate. Goodell also determined that a tape of the St. Louis Rams' practice before Super Bowl XXXVI never existed, prompting the Boston Herald to issue an apology for publishing the rumors "in the absence of firmer verification."
The NFL's investigation turned up some minor Pats sins, such as scalping tickets and practicing with an injured reserve player. But after seeing Walsh's tapes, Goodell deemed the team's punishment sufficient. “As I stand before you today having met with Matt Walsh and 50 others, I don’t know where else to turn,” he concluded.