Originally Posted by patsdynasty
. There's nothing wrong with disliking another team or player. I just think it makes people look really petty and foolish when they talk about the Patriots "cheating" .
So it wasn't really cheating?
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for spying on an opponent's defensive signals.
Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered the team to give up its first-round draft choice next year if it reaches the playoffs this season, or its second- and third-round picks if it misses the postseason.
"This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid long-standing rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field," Goodell said in a letter to the Patriots.
act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage;
gain an advantage over or deprive of something by using unfair or deceitful methods; defraud:
Belichick and the Pats were sanctioned for what is clearly defined to be cheating
If you want to claim "everyone does it" or "it was a stupid rule" go for it - but have the stones to admit .what your team did, especially if you want to come on to a site for another team to peddle any inference that what the Pats did was anything other than a pattern and practice of knowingly violating establsihed rules to gain a competitive advantage