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J.J. Denies Parcells Phone Call


The NFL is investigating a possible tampering charge against New York Jets coach Bill Parcells involving a phone conversation he allegedly had with New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

"We have made an inquiry into the reported telephone conversation to determine if there has been a violation of the league's anti-tampering policy," Greg Aiello, the NFL's vice president of public relations, said Sunday.

CBS Sports reported that Bledsoe sought out Parcells, his ex-coach at New England, for a handshake after the Jets defeated the Patriots 24-14 on Oct. 19.

Parcells was so touched by the gesture that he called Bledsoe the following week to thank him, CBS said. In that conversation, Bledsoe reportedly mentioned that wide receiver Terry Glenn would be unable to play the following weekend against Miami.

The network said the Patriots alleged Parcells then called Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson to advise him that Glenn would be out of the lineup. The Dolphins defeated New England 12-9 the following Sunday.

NFL policy says any contact between members of one organization with players of another organization could potentially interfere with employer-employee relationship. Clubs whose personnel engage in such contact do so at their own risk and expose themselves to disciplinary action, including forfeiture of draft choices.

Last season, the league investigated a phone conversation between Bill Belichick, the Jets' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, with Baltimore Ravens players Orlando Brown and Wally Williams, which occurred the week the two teams played.

No violation was found, although the inquiry lasted into the off-season.

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