Sunday, February 07, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 9/13/2007

NFL fines Patriots and coach $750,000 total for videotaping signals; draft picks to be forfeited


NEW YORK New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday, and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for videotaping an opponent s offensive and defensive signals.

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.

This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field, Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.