Patriots coach Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli broke their silence regarding taping procedures and suggestions of improper conduct from former employee Matt Walsh yesterday, with Belichick saying he "couldn't pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup" and Pioli noting that part of the reason for Walsh's firing was because of him secretly tape-recording conversations.
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* Belichick breaks silence on taping
* Walsh will turn over Patriots tapes if protected legally
* Lawyer asks NFL to protect client
* Senator says Patriots' taping began in 2000
* Goodell keeps an open mind
Since the days leading up to Super Bowl XLII when Senator Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, questioned the NFL's destruction of tapes that resulted in record fines against Belichick and the Patriots, the club's taping procedures - and Walsh's potential role in them - have ignited a public firestorm.
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