This morning’s Bob Hohler report in the Globe about Matt Walsh has predictably sparked much conversation on the radio airwaves and across the internet.
Gerry Callahan this morning effectively dismissed the Globe’s report as simply the Patriots going on the offensive to attempt to discredit Walsh before he talks.
In my mind, there’s a problem with that theory.
Other than Mike Reiss, and possibly Chris Gaspar, who at the Globe has a relationship with the Patriots that would result in the paper publishing a one-sided account in the team’s favor?
If anything, the Globe has shown a penchant in recent years for publishing articles containing the gripes of players and agents against the organization, usually right on the morning of a big game. (A Jackie MacMullan special)
Let me put it this way…do you think that if the Globe found anything in their investigation that they could use against the Patriots or that would put the team in a bad light, that they would hold it back and not report it?
Of course not. They would leap at the chance to publish material of that sort. As reader Jeff pointed out, Hohler is also the one who wrote the curious feature on Patriots backup fullback Kyle Eckel, which included all the dirt he could find, right down to his bottom standing in his graduating class.
If fact, I find it somewhat amusing which paragraph Boston.com used for promoting this story on their sports section:
Amid news that former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh is close to reaching an agreement to tell what he knows, the Globe found that Walsh broke league rules under orders from the Patriots by videotaping opponents’ signals between 2000 and 2002, and could have video recordings to prove it, which has not been previously reported.
Not any of the ones with information on Walsh, but the one that has the Patriots ordering Walsh to break league rules. (Something that has already come out anyway, as the league said Bill Belichick admitted taping signals from the beginning of his tenure in New England.) SI.com’s FanNation does the same thing.
It is clear to me that the Patriots had minimal, if any input into this article. The Globe certainly didn’t serve as their mouthpiece for discrediting Matt Walsh. He apparently has done a good enough job himself of creating doubt in his credibility.