A 30-year-old prisoner who has a knack for filing way-out-there lawsuits claims he worked at Gillette Stadium and uncovered a vast conspiracy led by New England Patriots football coach Bill Belichick.
As much as we'd like to believe Jonathan Lee Riches's story, we are dubious, but we'll let you make your own call after reading some of the allegations in a lawsuit against Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, and wide receiver Randy Moss. The Smoking Gun obtained a copy of the hand-written lawsuit and posted it on its website.
The lawsuit alleges that while Belichick has been coach of the New England Patriots, he has orchestrated an illegal wiretapping and surveillance program on football fans, the National Football League's commissioner, players on opposing teams, and even Riches.
Riches claims he worked as a janitor at the stadium where the Patriots play their home games. However, the dates of his "employment" are, in our view, a bit fuzzy. You be the judge.
"...Belichick has cameras on the Goodyear Blimp with the help of NSA has the lens zoomed down to the opponents sideline at Gillette Stadium," he claims in the lawsuit. "I worked as a janitor at the stadium in 2001. I personally know Foxboro Stadium (the Patriots former facility) had video cameras in the bathroom stalls..."
So, is he saying that he worked at Gillette Stadium in 2001? That would be interesting because the Patriots didn't play their first game at Gillette Stadium until 2002. Before the 2002 season, the Patriots played at Foxboro Stadium. We called the Patriots to see whether he was employed with the organization at some point, but the team hasn't gotten back to us by press time.
Back to the allegations.
Among other things, Riches claims:
- Belichick is a "peeping Tom Brady" and that Belichick asked Riches to conduct surveillance on New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington,
- Belichick sent Moss to hospitals in Boston to "spy on ultrasounds," and
- Belichick asked Brady to place a listening device in "Donovan McNabb's Chunky Soup" before the 2005 Super Bowl.
Riches, who is in prison for wire fraud, is seeking $5 million in damages. The litigious Riches has filed dozens of other lawsuits against high-profile figures, including Martha Stewart and President Bush.
Source: The Smoking Gun