Belichick Needs to Be Suspended
ESPN columnist thinks Spygate will linger as long as coach goes unscathed
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 6:19 AM CDT
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with reporters during a news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in this Sept. 5, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
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(Newser) – columnist Gregg Easterbrook is tired of Spygate, the Patriots videotaping scandal, but not so weary of it to forgive and forget. He argues that the NFL will have to deal with the imbroglio until New England coach Bill Belichick is properly punished. The $500,000 fine and forfeiture of a first round draft pick are not enough for Easterbrook, who says Belichick must also be suspended.

While he's not advocating a Mitchell Report-esque investigation, Easterbrook believes that the head coach hasn't properly owned up to his own responsibility in the scandal. “Suspension for a season would actually be a mild penalty. Belichick's lack of remorse creates an argument for a lifetime ban,” he writes, “A man of dignity, who is caught cheating, would resign.”