Thanks for entertaining me, Bruce.
My question is this: the Commissioner receives the records from the
Patriots and realizes that the information contained within constitutes
a violation of NFL rules; we know this because he levied a fairly stiff
penalty upon Coach Belichick and the Patriots; now, given the gross
amount of money exchanging hands between owners, players, sports books,
gamblers, et al. - especially at the championship level - I would argue
that a long-standing and documented effort to break rules and gain an
unfair advantage on the part of a franchise with multiple championships
would be reason to anticipate lawsuits, and as such the tapes and notes
- undeniably substantial evidence - should have been retained at that
point. While you are right - no lawsuits were 'pending', I think it
could be effectively argued that litigation should have been reasonably
anticipated. Is it a stretch to say that the Commissioners Office is
guilty of spoliation for destroying the tapes and notes? Also, with the
antitrust exemption, should the Commissioner have expected a federal
As you may know, the Patriots have indeed now been named in at least two
different law suits, one by New York Jets loyalist Carl Mayer for $184
million dollars and another by former St. Louis Rams player Willie Gary.
I'm quite certain many more are to come. I'm intensely curious to see
these suits unfold, and to see how the destruction of evidence by the
Commissioner's Office plays out in court, if at all.
Anxious to hear your thoughts.
"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the
right time, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting time."
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