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Quote from MOLewis Rocks.
"Probably the best course for Matty now would be to issue a statement claiming that the media misquoted him and read more into his comments than he ever intended and created this whole unfortunate situation and he just wants to be left alone since he has nothing of value to the league and no additional information worth sharing".
I think you hit on the most likely case scenario. He claims he was misquoted, and he's been in seclusion hopeing the whole thing would blow over.
I think it's a pretty brilliant way to force Walsh to put up or shut up. Sue him for defamation, not necessarily to win, but to force Walsh to come forward with the evidence. He can ignore the lawsuit, in which case he will lose and may have to pay a lot of money to the league. Or he can defend himself, in which case under discovery he will be compelled to hand over any evidence he may have pertaining to the matter. It will put Mr. Walsh in a litle pickle (unless, of course, he actually has the evidence).
I think it's a pretty brilliant way to force Walsh to put up or shut up. Sue him for defamation, not necessarily to win, but to force Walsh to come forward with the evidence. He can ignore the lawsuit, in which case he will lose and may have to pay a lot of money to the league. Or he can defend himself, in which case under discovery he will be compelled to hand over any evidence he may have pertaining to the matter. It will put Mr. Walsh in a Little pickle (unless, of course, he actually has the evidence).
My ¢.02 -
No way this guy has anything. He's been given a release by the NFL and the Patriots, if he had anything he would have already thrown those cards on the table.
What's happening now is the NFL is listening to his lawyer say "he knows about taping!!" - To which the NFL says, "yea, no kidding, Belichick has already come clean with all that, IDIOT!"
Soooooo, now we are down to protecting one loud mouthed senator - That's the sticky situation that the NFL is in now. No matter how much of an idiot this guy is (Specter), the NFL does not want this guy to go down in a blaze. He ran his mouth and now they all realize that Matty can't dig him out.
Personally, I say let him burn for it - BUT Goodell and the Lawyers must feel differently OR Walsh's lawyers (who have connections to Specter) are stalling to figure out what can be done to save the pompous jackass.
Walsh wants to cash in. Simple as that. Even if he had video of Belichick shooting JFK, he would never offer it up for the public good.
The information that he would put in a book or say in a paid interview must put him in legal jeopardy with the Pats. Stolen materials or illegal taping or something like that.
Walsh needs legal protection to do whatever he wants with the information, regardless of how the information was acquired or if he stretches the truth a bit. The NFL is willing to give him protections to talk to them or Specter, but that is all. The NFL lawyers will never give him total protection and Walsh will never talk without it.
If he had the the Rams walkthrough, he could "leak" it to Specter off the record. Specter could then use that to force Goodell to give Walsh whatever protection he wants. The tape comes forward, Belichick is suspended and likely fired and Walsh gets rich with a best-seller.
Walsh has nothing new to offer and the only way this gets resolved is if Walsh is somehow forced to admit that. He will never get his book money or speaking fees. The window of opportunity for cashing in on ViolationOfOperatingProceduresGate is rapidly closing.