Originally posted by okdkid:
What were the Patriots docked for the spygate thing?
The NFL says it has fined Bill Belichick the NFL maximum of $500,000, the Patriots $250,000 and ordered the team to give up next year's first-round draft choice (if it reaches the playoffs) because New England spied on the Jets defensive signals. If the Patriots don't make the playoffs they have to give up second- and third-round picks in April. Read more: http://www.fannation.com/si_blogs/staff/posts/2310-the-patriots-penalty-for-spy-gate#ixzz1o0FEvTMG
There is talk that Williams and Payton could be suspended for a large chunk of the season, if not barred for an entire year, both of them will be fined the maximum allowable amount, a similar punishment will be handed to GM Mickey Loomis and their was even more talking head chatter that they could lose the ability to franchise tag a player so X amount of years, plus multiple draft picks(I'd argue every 1st, 2nd, 3rd round choice for the next 3 years. Same duration as the violation). This will be the NFL equivalent of the Death Penalty, especially with the overemphasis on head injuries and overall player safety. Don Banks on SI said that if this was the NCAA the saints would lose their super bowl title as well.
[ Edited by sfout on Mar 2, 2012 at 2:59 PM ]