Competition committee approves of Goodell's handling of Spygate

Updated: February 22, 2008, 5:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NFL's Competition Committee has issued a strong show of support for the job commissioner Roger Goodell has done handling Spygate.

In fact, some owners would like to see everyone, Congress in particular, put the sordid matter to rest.

"I'd like to think that maybe there are other, more important things to worry about in the world these days," Giants co-owner John Mara told the New York Daily News in Indianapolis, site of the NFL scouting combine.

"But I understand that people are interested in this. If new evidence comes out, I'm sure it'll be dealt with appropriately, just like the whole episode has been dealt with," Mara said.

According to the Daily News, Goodell met with the eight-man committee at the combine and spelled out a Spygate timeline -- what happened, how he arrived at the Patriots' punishment, what was found in the confiscated film and notes, and why he later destroyed that evidence.

The Patriots were caught videotaping defensive signals from the sideline in their Sept. 9 season opener against the New York Jets and were punished four days later after providing the commissioner's office notes dating to 2002 and six tapes from the 2006 season and 2007 preseason, requested by the league.

New England was docked a first-round draft pick, a $500,000 fine to Patriots coach Bill Belichick and a $250,000 fine to the team -- before the Pats had turned over evidence.

"The process was fair, detailed, efficient," Colts general manager Bill Polian said, according to the Daily News. "What was on the tapes was explained to us. What was on the notes was explained to us. The reason that information was disposed of was explained to us. It was a thorough, fair process with lots of integrity. We were satisfied with what was done."

But Sen. Arlen Specter is not. After meeting with Goodell in Washington on Feb. 14, Specter said he is still troubled by a number of issues surrounding the league's handling of Spygate, particularly Goodell's decision to destroy the evidence, and will continue his investigation.

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