NFL Fines Patriots For Cheating

Thursday, September 13th 2007, 7:56 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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."