Patriots found guilty of cheating

Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
The New England Patriots, one would think, would not need to stoop to underhanded tricks to gain an advantage over their opponents. Tell that to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the league has found the Patriots guilty of violating league rules when they were discovered videotaping defensive signals by the New York Jets’ defensive coaches, according to league sources.

The violation occurred during the New England-New York Jets game last Sunday. NFL security had confiscated a videocamera when it was suspected that an authorized Patriots’ employee, video assistant Matt Estrella, was recording Jets’ defensive signals. The league is also looking into a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies that the Patriots were using during Sunday’s game, as well.

League sources have stated that the Patriots will be allowed to present their case no later than Friday, probably by way of a telephone conference call. Goodell will more than likely render a decision no later than Friday although that is not a certainty. Several penalty options are available to Goodell, one of which would be the loss of multiple draft picks.

As I said earlier, you would think that the Patriots, with all of their on-field success, would be the last team that would need to delve into dirty tricks to gain an advantage against their opponents during the season. But apparently, that isn’t the case. The penalty or penalties that are levied will not affect the Patriots this season, but 2008 should be a totally different story as it should affect their draft strategy and possibly their salary cap.


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6 Responses to “Patriots found guilty of cheating”

  1. I agree with you, Scott. What punishment does Commissioner Goddell eventually give the Patriots? Lots of speculation on that front, but you have these: loss of draft picks, suspensions and monetary fines.

    A suspension would be unique but how would that solve this issue? Monetary fines serve even less of a purpose. Now a loss of draft picks? Depending on the team in question and the number of draft picks lost, it may or may not affect your team at all.

    But I can’t think of a single NFL team that would shrug off the possibility of losing a 1st-round pick in future NFL drafts, can you?

  2. You’re correct in theory Scott, but the thing is this – the NCAA already does that and I seriously doubt that that the Commissioner will use that as a punishment. I like the idea of a loss of HIGH draft picks, although I do realize that that will be at the Commissioner’s discretion.

    Regardless of the penalties levied against the Patriots, I think that you and I can agree on this – unlike the MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and for the most part the NBA Commissioner David Stern, Roger Goodell is a proactive Commissioner who will assess the proper penalties in this case.

  3. larry eversole says:

    new england should not be rewarded with a perfect season. the least the nfl should do is put it in the record books with an asterik. the most they should do is give them one loss to their record. we cant with any honesty tell our kids that cheaters dont prosper when their heroes they look up to are rewarded for doing it.