Re: tagliabue vacates bountygate suspensions, spygate appeal next...?
posted at 12/12/2012 1:00 PM EST
In response to dapats1281's comment:
Confused. Do you want Kraft and BB to appeal that the punishments were too severe?
There's no doubt that the Pats did something. Whether it helped a lot or a little can't be determined since Goodell "burned" the tapes.
Don't see how the Pats could win in this situation. Only thing this does is take Goodell down. However, bringing spygate up might not be best for the organization.
Only thing that could possibly help the Pats would be if the publicized. Biggest thing that could've helped was the alleged tape of Herm Edwards waving at the camera. If Herm knew the Pats were taping, I'm sure other coaches had an idea too...which would probably make spygate completely useless.
Goodell's reputation is already tarnished. Everyone already knows he's inconsistent with his punishments and takes everything a bit too far.
In a court it would be a mistrial, or at least the judgment vacated since fairness was not possible in the highly charged and politicized atmosphere of mistruths that it was carried out under.
#1 . "spygate". Incorrect. Taping done in open.
#2. memo violation. If memo was so clear as to the rule, then why were there contradictions with the prior rule...?
#3. Location of camera. It's not a violation to study other teams signals. Its incorrect to call it "stealing".
#4. Media role . The sports media corrupted any chance of fairness by repeating drumbeating these mistruths along with other lies like walkthroughs etc.
#5. Lawsuit dismissed. A court heard and ruled on a lawsuit attempting to prove damages from this taping violation.
Any rational conclusion of these facts would amount to a minor violation of an inconsequential rule...
Fine... 25k or 50k....