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Belichick Apologizes – Penalty to Come?

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released a statement today apologizing to owners, players and fans for the now infamous video taping incident. At his usual morning press conference, Belichick would not comment further and after several times having to waive off questions on the incident, Belichick simply walked off the podium.

As previously posted, ESPN.com reported last night that Commissioner Roger Goodell has found the Patriots in violation of league rules. Rumors are now that the Patriots could lose multiple draft picks because of the violation.

My Take: Alright so I’m going to have to modify my previous reaction to this situation. Though I’m convinced the Patriots are far from the only team to do something like this, it’s embarrassing to the franchise to be charged with this. The Patriots are good enough to win without an upper hand and it’s just unfortunate that they will have to face the brunt of a league-wide problem. The punishment will be interesting to see. If the Patriots lose on of their two 2008 first round draft picks, Belichick should (but won’t) come out and apologize again and explain just exactly what has been going on.

We Patriots fans have lived with Belichick’s brash style with the media because he has produced amazing results. With something as serious as this, it would be best if he could open up a little more and give us a complete explanation. But don’t hold your breath.

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3 comments for “Belichick Apologizes – Penalty to Come?”

  1. I don’t think the punishment should be take a draft pick away. Especially a first round pick. We got Moss for a 4th round pick. Taking away a 1st would be MUCH more serious. It should just be a fine. Maybe just from Bill Belichick or from the organization, meaning Bob Kraft. How about 50,000 from Belichick?

    And getting extra tape on a team is just getting a competitive advantage on a team, still cheating but its not that bad. Most teams change their signals anyway between games with one opponent. Especially by year they must be completely different. The Pats didn’t beat the Jets because of this.

    This story I think is really overblown. There is more cheating going on during a game with players then with this incident.

    But still the Pats should be punished. They cheated. And whatever the punishment is, the Pats should take it.

    Posted by Dan | September 12, 2007, 6:57 pm
  2. Bill Belichick should wear a suit on the sidelines for the rest of the season! And maybe get those $400 John Edward haircuts too…

    Posted by Dave | September 12, 2007, 10:48 pm
  3. Goodell: Patriots, Turn Over All Spying Video…

    Continuing an ongoing saga that doesn’t seem to go away, the New England Patriots have now been ordered to turn over all media related to the taping of signals of other teams. This demand directly implies that the Patriots do have more video foot…

    Posted by Sports of Boston | September 16, 2007, 11:28 am

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