Friday, September 14, 2007
Can you hear me now Belichick?
Well, the NFL has ruled, and spy/cheater Bill Belichick has been fined $500,000 for spying on the Jet's defensive signals during their week 1 game in New Jersey. He will not be suspended.
In addition, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered the Patriots 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 (which isn't that really of a big deal since they have an extra one by way of a trade with the 49ers).
According to ESPN.com, the videotaping came to light after a camera was confiscated from Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella while he was on the New York Jets' sideline during New England's 38-14 win last Sunday at Giants Stadium. Goodell will not change the outcome of the game.
NFL fines Pats coach, team loses pick
The Boston Globe
NFL penalty for Belichick, Patriots is far too light
John Clayton, ESPN
Here's the sketch: