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Patriots.com News Blitz - 5/16/2008

The Boston Herald's John Tomase goes into depth to explain the story behind the newspapers walkthrough article which was published on February 2, 2008. The article made a false claim that the Patriots had filmed the Rams walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI. Tomase apologizes to the readers and takes us through the steps he took to research his story. It was later confirmed on Wednesday by former Patriots employee Matt Walsh that though he was present at the Rams walkthough, he did not videotape the walkthough, and to the best of his knowledge no video of the walkthrough ever existed.

"I had repeatedly heard that this walkthrough had been taped, and from people I trusted. Eventually I accepted it as fact and stopped questioning the assertion," said Tomase.

"I should not have written the story without seeing the tape or getting multiple, firsthand confirmations from members of the organization."

"No one forced me to write that story. I believe my sources intended to provide accurate information, and it was incumbent on me to vet it more fully."

The Boston Globe and the Providence Journal* * both offer stories which discuss John Tomase's explanation for the false report.

The Boston Globe reports that Brian Daboll, the former Patriots assistant coach with whom Matt Walsh claims he shared information regarding the Rams' walkthrough practice prior to Super Bowl XXXVI said he has no recollection of the conversation, the NFL noted in a statement yesterday. The league also added that a conversation of that nature would not have violated NFL rules. The Boston Herald also offers a similar report.

With Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter calling for an independent investigation into the Patriots videotaping of opposing team signals, a Providence Journal piece points out some of the flaws in Specter's statement as to why an independent investigation should take place.

The Boston Herald offers a piece on Patriots running back Kevin Faulk. Faulk, who is hosting his second annual Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game to benefit the United Way at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton tomorrow talks about the event and having fun before going back to work.

"I'm really looking forward to it, and I think a lot of guys are looking forward to it, especially the guys that played last year," said Faulk.

"It's good to have some fun," he said. "Before you know it, you're back to work, focusing on the job and doing what we have to do."

Patriots participating tomorrow's celebrity softball game include Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jason Webster, Sam Aiken and Kenny Smith.

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