The Patriots' 2007 Spying Scandal

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's actions raise questions about cheating and champions.
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The head coach of the New England Patriots build bella Jack said today he's focusing on this weekend's football game. Well he made me but the rest of the sports world is focusing on the news that his team. Illegally videotaped its opponents' signals the NFL find bella check himself half a million dollars his team. Half that and they'll forfeit some draft picks. It is ABC's John Berman reports the league's first proven case of sideline spying. As also revealed that these champions maybe cheats. The National Football League called it a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid long standing rules. The patriot but even on Boston radio they're calling it something else cheating. This is an embarrassed that I mean there's no reason but the but they can achieve it. Patriots coach Bill Belichick had an assist in videotaped signals or play calls being sent on to the field by the New York Jets last Sunday. If they know before the snap of the ball what your coverage basically use it. They can chew you up and spit you out. Bending the rules in sports is nothing new the 1951 giants are accused of stealing pitched signs in this season Bobby Thomson hit the shot heard round the world. Famous Redskins coach George Allen would check the woods for spice before practice. But in this age of huge money in huge media coverage he could be getting worse. We put all these people on such pedestals and we put such. An onus on winning in and losing whatever the reason Belichick's actions are reason new questions. The patriots have won three Super Bowls in the last six years a dynasty. Now many here wondering if it's a dynasty built on deceit. Makes you wonder hardly been doing that and you know we played them in New England hope that it. Everything within their everything we're doing. I think approaches actually lived the saying moon could. If you're not seeing unit trust today the coach had little to say that it's over com. And we're moving wrong that's in the past O'Donnell. Moving on might not be easy. The old saying goes cheaters never prosper but after three Super Bowls in six years many here wondering if sometimes they do you. John Berman ABC news he.

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