Saturday, September 15, 2007

And you thought Roger Goddell was a disciplanarian

Roger Goddell is the commissioner of the NFL. Since he's taken over the top role about a year ago, he's suspended numerous players for 'conduct detrimental to the league' and now he's laid the law down among the coaches too.

The Patriots were caught taping the Jets as they were relaying defensive signals down to the field. The penalty for this action? A $500,000 fine for Belichick, head coach of the Patriots, a $250,000 fine for Bill Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, and the loss of a first round draft pick. The penalty wasn't too severe since Belichick wasn't suspended but it definitely wasn't a slap on the wrist either. I thought it was actually pretty fair since the lost of a first rounder could come back to bite them down the line and Belichick now has less cash to buy hooded sweatshirts and warmup pants.

Contrast this penalty with the hammer that was dropped when Mclaren was found in possession with Ferrari's playbook. A 100 million dollar fine and suspension from the team championships. That's right...100 miiiiiilliooooooon dollars!

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