Pats Whacked With $750K Fine

Team and coach fined; New England also forfeits a top draft pick
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 14, 2007 4:33 AM CDT
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions at the end of the NFL owners' meeting in this May 22, 2007 file photo in Nashville, Tenn. Goodell has become as high-profile as his most famous (and notorious)...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Steely-eyed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell bolstered his reputation as a stern disciplinarian by levying heavy penalties against New England for using a videocamera to spy on Jets coaches as they signaled to their team during last week's game. New England was fined $250,000 and will lose at least one top 2008 draft pick; additionally, coach Bill Belichick was fined a whopping $500,000.

Belichick's fine is the most against any coach in league history. The Patriots will lose a first-round pick if they make the playoffs, and second- and third-rounders if they don't. Goodell decided against suspending Belichick, explaining: "I believe that the discipline I am imposing [is] more effective than a suspension."