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#pounditTuesday, December 7, 2021

Congress threatened Jay Glazer with jail time over Spygate tape

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Jay Glazer of FOX Sports was able to obtain arguably the most important piece of evidence against the New England Patriots when the Spygate scandal first erupted in 2007. It was so important, in fact, that Glazer was threatened with jail time over it by the United States Congress.

On the NFL on FOX pregame show Sunday morning, Glazer revealed that former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, who died in 2012, went to great lengths in an attempt to obtain the Spygate tape. Glazer didn’t feel that Congress needed to get involved, but he said Specter offered him a bigger scoop in exchange for the tape before threatening him with jail time.

Yes, jail time.

Most of us have seen a few seconds of the tape that was given to Glazer, which shows a Patriots employee clearly filming signals New York Jets coaches were giving from the sideline. Glazer had a hilarious description of the video several years back.

Much of the bombshell ESPN Outside the Lines report that was published earlier this week discusses Specter’s role in Spygate. The former Senator desperately wanted to launch a congressional investigation, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz issue a statement — one NFL officials may have changed without permission — in order to protect the league. Specter’s efforts were ultimately unsuccessful.

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