Oh, BTW, Radical Redneck, you may want to wait to see just what kind of punishment(s) Goodell hands down for the videotape “incident” before you guarantee SB rings for Brady and crew. They’ve got plenty of good people there as players and as far as we know the players weren’t knowingly participating or helping. As long as that remains the case they shouldn’t be punished and thus the team is still likely to win a lot of games.
But the coaching staff, from top to bottom, should be given a strong warning. Only the people with direct involvement or direct RESPONSIBILITY for failing to STOP it should be punished, but they should all be hit hard with long suspensions. That means the guy actually involved AND any direct superiors on the org chart. INCLUDING Hoodie-King. Despite the fact that this is reportedly the fourth time they were caught red-handed (and is at LEAST the second that I know of) the guy involved should probably only get a year or two, maybe indefinate with annual review or something along the lines of what Vick got. Belichek is next most responsible — in that if he did NOT know that this was going on (hard to believe, but possible) he SHOULD have known and he had a DUTY to stop it BEFORE it came to the attention of Goodell and co. — so he should get 15-19 games depending on length of the Patriots’ postseason, thus even if his team won the Super Bowl he could not come back until the day after it and would not get a ring. (What’s one more anyway?) And anybody between the two on the chart plus anybody who can be shown that they MUST have known about it (offensive coordinator who very likely knew and used it to help call plays, for example) should be given 4 to 8 games each.
PLUS (no I’m not done) I would have them forfeit the game. AND I would yank some draft picks. Because the Patriots have two 1st rounders already I would yank theirs (they can keep the traded one) plus their 3rd, 5th, and 7th and disqualify from ANY compensatory picks this year.
That’s probably a tiny bit too much, but not much. And when a team is “known”/suspected by other teams to be doing something like this on a regular basis, and then are warned (probably multiple times) and STILL don’t listen, then they need to have their toes smashed. Not breaking heads, just toes smashed. No lifetime bans, no disqualifying from HOF, no forfeiting the entire season, nothing that’s outright “skull breaking”… but toe smashing? Yes, absolutely. Give them a wakeup call that they can NOT ignore.