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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?