NFL Commissioner Says He Felt Deceived By NFL Coach Of The Year
In a profile written by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, NFL Commissioner Roger “Godfather” Goodell said that he felt deceived by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during the Spygate scandal in 2007. Goodell explained that as part of Belichick’s punishment for illegally spying and recording signals of opposing teams the three-time Super Bowl winning coach had to issue a public apology. However, Belichick refused to answer questions during the news conference.
“I was given assurances that (Belichick) would tell his side of the story,” Goodell said. “He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.”
Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000. He also stripped the Patriots of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick responded to the Sports Illustrated piece, saying that he did not make any assurances about thoroughly discussing the subject publicly.