'Boston Herald' Runs Page One Apology to N.E. Patriots

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The Boston Herald used its entire front page Wednesday to apologize to the New England Patriots for a February story that accused the team of breaking NFL rules by videotaping a practice of their opponent in Super Bowl XXXVI.

The tabloid spread the apology across Page One with a headline that stated: "Sorry, Pats" and included a photo of the Vince Lombardi trophy the team won after that Super Bowl in 2002.

"On Feb. 2, 2008, the Boston Herald reported that a member of the New England Patriots video staff taped the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough on the day before Super Bowl XXXVI," the apology, printed inside, stated. "While the Boston Herald based its Feb. 2, 2008, report on sources that it believed to be credible, we now know that this report was false, and that no tape of the walkthrough ever existed.

"Prior to the publication of its Feb. 2, 2008, article, the Boston Herald neither possessed nor viewed a tape of the Rams' walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI, nor did we speak to anyone who had," the apology continued. "We should not have published the allegation in the absence of firmer verification. …