Major Penalties or Slap on the Wrist?
From the GNB Sports Desk
No question New England cheated. The question is, is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell going to hand them their ass for video-taping defensive calls in Sunday night's game against San Diego?
There could be a suspension for Belichick, the loss of a draft pick for the Pats. Or is Goodell in management's pocket? Some people even speculate the law was broken.
Regardless, it was in the first quarter so it probably didn't change the game.
What do you think:
- Did Belichick cleverly push the rules or
- Is he a sleazy scam artist?
- Is the Commissioner going to let him off the hook?
- What should be done?
ESPNGoodell proved he's no noob.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.
Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered the team to give up next year's first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn't.
"This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field," Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.
"That was such über-pwnage." Mad skillz. Kekeke!!!