Enough? Too much? About right? What do you think?
Agree with you, this 1 million penalty costs the Patriots zero, they actually make money with this punishment.Not enough...1 million is pocket change.
Cheaters shouldn't be rewarded with championships
I think, for the first time ever, I have to disagree with you Gary.So by that, the 49ers should be stripped of 3 of their 4 titles because Jerry Rice used stickum on his hands IN the Superbowl.
Holding is against the rules in football. As is jumping off sides, facemasking, roughing the kicker, pass interference, encroachment, etc..... Breaking any of those rules is cheating, unless caught - then it is a penalty. But breaking them without getting caught - is cheating.
The Vikings put all of their balls in a ball warmer last year during a home game to gain an advantage, and were given a warning.
Several teams pumped in crowd noise during games to gain advantage.
Back in the day, Lavell Edwards had his offensive linemen wear gloves that matched the color of the opposing teams jersey so they could hold without being seen. Coach Edwards would also let the grass grow extremely tall if they faced a team with more speed to even things up with his slow white guys.
Which is why I'm not hearing ANY current NFL players calling for the kind of penalty received here. And outside a few loud mouths who's talk was always much bigger and louder than their game (like Keshawn Johnson), no former players are saying much either.
My own thought is Brady and the Pats got busted doing something every other QB and team does - doctor the football. And they should be punished. But this punishment is not about just this infraction. It is the same as in the 5th game of the season, the ref calling holding on a team and saying "but instead of the customary 10 yard penalty, it will be 30 yards because in the 3rd game, the team also had 2 pass interference calls and jumped off sides twice."
maybe punishment for Brady stonewalling the investigation? If he takes the league to court, those emails and text messages he has on his phone are fair game! Hope there's no funny business in his marital life either!I guess the main point is the League didn't prove the rules were actually broken. The Patriots statement outlines all the speculation that led to the League's conclusions (or were the conclusions reached first? Patriots make a pretty strong case for this.).
I'm all for punishment where evidence proves wrong doing. But how can you justify any punishment at all where there is nothing beyond speculative reasoning that supports your predetermined conclusion?