by spying on the Jets, Goodell to take action
The New England Patriots were
allegedly spying on the New York Jets by videotaping defensive
one game into the football season, and the New England Patriots
have found themselves already in the middle of a scandal. This
time the Patriots are accused of spying on the New York Jets by
videotaping the defensive signals of the Jets coaches during the
season opener. NFL security officials confiscated camera and
videotape from the Patriots video assistant Matt Estrella, after
suspicions were raised, which were later confirmed after
reviewing the tape.
According to ESPN, NFL commissioner
Roger Goodell has already made the decision that the New England
Patriots violated league rules Sunday when they videotaped the
Jets. The commish is considering severe sanctions, including the
possibility of docking the Patriots "multiple draft picks"
because it is the competitive violation in the wake of a stern
warning to all teams since he became commissioner, ESPN claims,
NFL is expected to make a decision by
the end of the week. So far, no official decision has been made
by the league, which is also looking into possible radio
frequency violation by the Patriots during the same game.
Possible irregularities in its communication setup have met no
explanation by the Patriots.
"When you're successful in anything,
a lot of people like to try to take you down and do different
things. We understand that," was the comment by New England
Patriots owner Robert Kraft. "The rule is that no video
recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the
coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the
game. Clubs have specifically been reminded in the past that the
videotaping of an opponent's offensive or defensive signals on
the sidelines is prohibited. We are looking into whether the
Patriots violated this rule," said the NFL spokesman Greg
Aiello on Monday.
On Sunday the Patriots (1-0) will
welcome the San Diego Chargers (1-0). The Patriots
are -4 chalk on the spread and the total for the
Patriots-Chargers game is currently set at
46.5 points by the online betting website
Bodog Sports. The New England
Patriots remain the
favorite to win the 2008 Super Bowl.
Published on 09/12/2007