Belichick fined $500K by NFL September 13, 2007Posted 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.