05.14.08 10 years ago 14 Comments

The Boston Herald massively fucked up a report that claimed former Patriots Director of Espionage (*may not have been actual title) Matt Walsh had filmed the Rams' final walk-through prior to Super Bowl XXXVI.  Turns out no such tape ever existed, and now there's talk that the Pats may file suit.  The Herald, meanwhile, has thrown the vehicle into reverse and floored the gas, running a front-page apology in today's paper.

While the Boston Herald based its Feb. 2, 2008, report on sources that it believed to be credible, we now know that this report was false, and that no tape of the walkthrough ever existed.

Prior to the publication of its Feb. 2, 2008, article, the Boston Herald neither possessed nor viewed a tape of the Rams’ walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI, nor did we speak to anyone who had. We should not have published the allegation in the absence of firmer verification.

Ooh, that's gotta sting.  As Shanoff noted, though, everyone who accepted the Herald story as fact and ran with it should probably apologize as well.  So I went through the With Leather archives.  I searched "SpyGate" and found nothing.  I searched "Matt Walsh" and found nothing.  Then I realized, Oh yeah, that story was dull as shit, so I never bothered to waste time writing about it (the most news it made at WL was this joke-y weekend post by KD).  No apologies from me.  Hey Pats, please note that the standing "fuck you" is still in order.

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