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Roger Goodell: Bill Belichick ‘deceived’ me with no public apology over Spygate

02.02.11 at 11:23 am ET
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reveals in this week’€™s edition of ‘€œSports Illustrated’€ that he wanted Patriots coach Bill Belichick to make a verbal apology in front of the press in the wake of the 2007 video scandal, and when Belichick didn’€™t, he felt ‘€œdeceived.’€

Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 and deducted a first-round draft pick for secretly videotaping an opposing team’€™s coaching signals. Owner Robert Kraft thought the penalty was too severe, but Goodell told Kraft that, as part of the disciplinary action, Belichick also must make a verbal apology in front of the press. Instead the coach issued a printed statement and refused to answer any questions on the topic.

‘€œI was given assurances that [Belichick] would tell his side of the story,’€ Goodell says. ‘€œHe went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.’€

‘€œI did not make any assurances about thoroughly discussing the subject publicly,’€ Belichick responded in the story. ‘€œI said I would address it following the league’€™s review. I then did that in a way I thought was appropriate. I don’€™t think that was deceptive.’€

The statement Belichick issued in the wake of the fine read as follows: ‘€œAlthough it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league’s decision, I will have further comment.’€

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