Eric Mangini Apologizes for Role in New England Patriots' Spygate Scandal

Brendan O'HareContributor ISeptember 13, 2011

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns shakes hands with head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Something fascinating involving potential espionage and a mole came out Monday afternoon, to little fanfare and recognition.

How the Eric Mangini "I May Have Been the NFL's Karl Koecher" story is not bigger news, especially in a society fascinated with the CIA, is beyond me. Stories involving the penetration of shady organizations, and hating Bill Belicheck aren't gaining enough interest. You are telling me that Mangini possibly going to the NFL to tell of a videotaping scandal, while being a previous member of the organization, doesn't draw your attention at least a little bit?

If you are completely confused by my babbling, here is a little background. In September 2007, the New England Patriots were caught videotaping the Jets' sideline during a Giants game. It obviously was not to record whether or not Chad Pennington picks his nose. The NFL somehow found out, and the Patriots were handed a $250,000 fine, Bill Belicheck received a $500,000 fine and they lost a first-round draft pick. The Patriots still managed to go 16-0 in the regular season, despite losing their ability to infiltrate the opposition illegally through KGB tactics.

Eric Mangini's relation to all this, is that he used to be a defensive coordinator under Bill Belicheck. Mangini, who at the time was the head coach of the New York Jets, was widely accused of being the tipster, the mole, the Bubbles, for the NFL. After this occured, every Patriots/Jets game was always held in titillating anticipation, as every Mangini/Belicheck postgame midfield meeting was a cynosure for awkwardness and avoidance. It was phenomenal.

Until now, Mangini had never formerly come out and spoke about his potential involvement in the "SpyGate" scandal. Here is what he said today:

"I wasn't happy (with) the end result. How it could have been different, how different decisions and events could have taken place. I'm not sure how it would have played out differently. I just didn't want it to play out the way it did."

Mangini also said that he "had a lot of regrets." You haven't seen any members of the 2007 (or before) Patriots staff come out and formerly apologize to the organization. If this isn't an admission, I'm not sure what is.

Mangini saying his relationship with Belicheck is a "work in progress" is probably my favorite part of the story, as all that means is Belicheck is luring Mangini into a sense of comfort before he mutilates him like in the end scene of Inglourious Basterds (a scene too violent for Bleacher Report Standards & Content).