Patriots Fined 750k For Cheating

The New England Patriots have been punished by
the NFL for videotaping an opponent's offensive and defensive
signals.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has been fined the league maximum
of $500,000, and the team has been ordered to pay $250,000 for
illegally taping the New York Jets' sidelines during last Sunday's
38-14 win at the Meadowlands.
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.
In a letter to the Patriots, Goodell said the episode
"represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid
longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote
honest competition on the playing field."


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