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Belichick fined $500K by NFL September 13, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Football, NFL, Sports.

The NFL has delivered its punishment to the New England Patriots for taping the Jet’s offensive and defensive signals.

Head Coach Bill Belichick has been fined the NFL maximum of $500K, and the New England Patriots have been fined $250,000.  In addition to the fines, the NFL has also ordered the Patriots to give up next year’s first round draft pick if they make it to the playoffs.  If the team doesn’t make the playoffs, they will have to give up their second and third round picks.

In my opinion, the fine is not enough.  The bottom line is the Patriots were cheating, and something like this should never be tolerated. It makes a mockery of the game, and the NFL would be fools to think that this is the first time the Patriots have attempted to steal signals. A large fine is nothing to the coaches and the teams.

It’s pretty safe to say that the Pats will make the playoffs this season.  Most likely, the only thing the Pats will be losing is a first round draft pick, which really doesn’t hurt a team that is stacked at almost every position.  The NFL should have sent a message to every team that this will not be tolerated by making the Patriots an example. Instead, they chose to give the Pats nothing more than just a tap on the hand.



1. emmettjones - September 13, 2007

I agree. The fine, while high, really doesn’t do anything…Belichick gets paid at least 1 million a year, which means the fine won’t hurt him that badly (and who’s to say that the Pats won’t give him the money for the fine anyway?) The draft pick(s) will hurt, but yeah, it won’t do that much…Especially when they still have the 49ers 1st round draft pick.

Goddell needed to have them forfeit the game, i think. Suspending belichick wouldn’t have done anything, because he could just pass his gameplan on to the coaches. The punishment sounds a lot worse than it is.

2. Frankie - September 13, 2007

They let him keep his drugs though.

The toxic doping stays in ESPN TV football.

3. Sportsattitude - September 14, 2007

Fines mean nothing to me in sports because (by my standards at least) everyone is rich, so I automatically push them aside in the evaluation process. I’m still puzzled by the draft pick/if they make the playoffs if they don’t scenario and don’t know what to make of it. What I am sure of is that the Commish apparently does not have the integrity of the game high on his punishment meter. Belichick should have been suspended. The only way to finish off this nonsense for good is to make it personal for the coaches and let some air out of their egos, etc.

4. Jason Wilson - September 14, 2007

Im still shaking my head at this one.. I agree completley.. Fines do not amount to a hill of beans in this day and age.. where even the water boy has a six figure income. The loss of draft picks will not amount to much either, when your team is stacked at almost every position..

5. Marquis Chapman - September 14, 2007

Exactly. The Patriots really won’t lose anything from this punishment given by the NFL.

6. Frankie - September 14, 2007

Goodell will comp them on free research drugs too.

7. tsos20 - September 14, 2007

I”ve lost respect for Roger Goodell and the integrity of the NFL in general. This is another black eye for football. No forfeit, no suspensions. A fine the billionare owner will pay. Ballplayers get suspended for a DUI. Even released for an almost DUI( Tank Johnson).

Remember the scene from the movie ” The Sting”. Robert Newman’s mark says” what am I supposed to do, complain that he cheated better than me?” It’s time for the Green Bay Packers to start cheating better than the Patriots. If they get caught, they are $13 million under the cap. They can use that money to cheat and get caught 26 times.
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