During the Patriots magical 2007 run there was one proponent of "justice" that wanted the Patriots exposed, punished and permanently branded cheaters. That man was Arlen Specter. The Pennsylvania Republican rammed Spygate down everyone's throats for the entire 2007 season. He argued long and hard against cheating and the lack of credibility it creates. One could even assert that he felt NFL players should be held to higher standards simply because they are in the public eye. Ultimately, his goal was to bring the matter to Congress and hold Mitchell-esque style hearings.
Almost three years have passed since Spygate; countless players have been in trouble with the law and yet not once has Specter lobbied for the NFL to have stronger ethics and rules when it comes to punishing players for their criminal acts. Where was his outcry over the actions of Ray Carruth, Ray Lewis, Plaxico Burress, Pacman Jones, Chris Henry, Tank Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, and Donte Stallworth? Or how about when Roger Goodell let Michael Vick come back early despite being suspended for 6 games in the 2009 season. Are these offenses not stronger and more serious when dealing with the perception and impact it might have on our children?
For one with such a high moral compass, did these actions not warrant the same tenacity and self righteousness that Spygate garnered? I am left with only one conclusion, all his warmongering about Spygate was not about ethics and fairness but more about him being upset the Patriots beat his beloved Eagles in the Super Bowl.