Goodell determines Pats broke rules by taping Jets' signals
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 By Chris Mortensen ESPN
NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell has determined that the New England Patriots violated league
rules Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the New York
Jets' coaches, according to league sources.
NFL security officials
confiscated a camera and videotape from Patriots video assistant Matt
Estrella on the New England sidelines when it was suspected he was
recording the Jets' defensive signals. Sources say the visual
evidence confirmed the suspicion.
Goodell is considering severe
sanctions, including the possibility of docking the Patriots
"multiple draft picks" because it is the competitive
violation in the wake of a stern warning to all teams since he became
commissioner, the sources said. The Patriots have been suspected in
The Patriots will be allowed
an opportunity to present their case by Friday, sources said, most
likely via the telephone.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello
said on Tuesday that no official decision has been made and that the
club has not been notified.
The league also was reviewing
a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies the
Patriots were using during Sunday's game, sources said. The team did
not have a satisfactory explanation when asked about possible
irregularities in its communication setup during the game.
Goodell is expected to have a
decision no later than Friday but that is not set in stone.
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