Major news sources are reporting that Belichick has released a statement. Via the Hartford Courant's website:
"Earlier this week, I spoke with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell about a videotaping procedure during last Sunday's game and my interpretation of the rules. At this point, we have not been notified of the league's ruling. Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league's decision, I will have further comment."
OK. Now I'm just completely confused. While it's technically true the league hasn't handed down a formal judgment, I have seen nothing yet to contradict the reports that Goodell has determined the Patriots did cheat. Yesterday this news was being reported as if it was a sure thing; but today people are harping on the lack of a formal press release.
Also, I'm not necessarily nuts about Belichick's choices in this statement. I'm hoping that whatever further comment he has at whatever time he intends to make it is a really, really good explanation of how an unrelated misinterpretation of rules could have led to a videotape of recorded defensive signals from the Jets sideline. If what we're expected to believe is that Belichick didn't know what was happening was wrong, then my disappointment continues.