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Pats Lose Pick, Belichick Fined

NFL Commish Roger Goodell has leveled down a severe punishment to head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots for the videotaping of Jets coach’s defensive signals Sunday.

Belichick will be fined $500,000 and the Patriots will forfeit a 2008 first round draft pick if they make the playoffs. If the Pats fail to make the playoffs, they will lose a 2nd or third round pick.

My Take: A very hefty punishment for a pretty bad offense. However, it could have been much worse. There had been talks of Belichick being suspended for multiple games because of previous violations and a possible radio transmitting scheme where visiting teams would have trouble communicating from the booth to the field.
From all the reports, it sounds like Belichick deserved some kind of harsh punishment, and though the coach has been successful, $500,000 is no chump change. I’m happy that it seems this will be the end of it and the Pats can put it behind them and look forward to this Sunday’s big game against the Chargers.

What are your thoughts on the punishment?

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3 comments for “Pats Lose Pick, Belichick Fined”

  1. The pick thing is BS. Come on Commish! The money seems right because it hurts the people who cheated. Who does taking a pick hurt? The people who cheated. The people who didn’t. And most importantly the fans! Thats what gets me. Why take out the Patriots cheating on the fans too. What if the Pats were a bad team? Why hold us back?

    He needs to rethink things. Suspend Belichick. Fine the team and coach. Just leave the fans out of it. We just want to see our team compete.

    Posted by Dan | September 13, 2007, 9:58 pm
  2. We may have deserved it…but it least it makes the NFL an even playing field from the “video camera on the sidelines” standpoint. No other team (if they were doing it) will use a camera on the sidelines anymore, but that doesn’t mean they’ll try something else. This is a severe slap of the wrist, but with the offseason that Goodell just went through (Vick, Pacman Jones, Chris Henry, among others), I think he had to make this choice.

    Posted by KC | September 14, 2007, 3:11 am
  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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