Goodell Prepared to Strip Patriots of Draft Picks
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is prepared to strip draft picks from the New England Patriots as punishment for Sunday's incident in which they allegedly used videotaping equipment to steal the play signals of the New York Jets, two sources familiar with the league's investigation into the matter said today.
"He is going to do more than just fine" the Patriots, said one person with knowledge of the investigation, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the league has not announced its decision. "Draft choices could come into play."
Another source said that Goodell would not make a final determination about a punishment until speaking to Patriots officials. That conversation is likely to take place by telephone this week, the source said.
Said Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations: "No decision has been rendered."
League security officials confiscated videotaping equipment from a Patriots employee who was on the field at Giants Stadium during Sunday's triumph over the Jets. The Patriots allegedly were taping the hand signals being used by Jets coaches to make play calls to players on the field. That would violate league rules, and Goodell is empowered to punish such an infraction with a fine or the stripping of a draft selection or selections.
By Mark Maske |
September 11, 2007; 7:20 PM ET
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