Originally Posted by snowtrx
Lets assume they cheated since the dawn of the franchise, what more should they be punished?
Should every single assumption or accusation from the past become an investigation possibly resulting in furthor punishment?
Should there be an investigation on the domes in Minn and Ind? How about the 49ers, Broncos, Redskins, Jets, Dolphins, Cowboys, Rams, and any other that has been accused of cheating in the past?
Or should they just move forward by working to improve their systems to prevent future cheating by any team?
There is a huge problem with the consistency in which he has handled different situations as commissioner so far.
Wade Wison (Cowboys QB coach) was suspended five games and received a find of $100K (a much stiffer penalty percentage-wise compared to Belichick BTW) for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
I love Goodell's answer when he was questioned about if the punishment was appropriate:
"First of all, I'm not going to get into the personal situations of why Wade was taking it, but that's not an accurate point. Second of all, Wade Wilson was involved in a criminal activity. It was against the law. There's a very clear policy for our clubs and our players that if you violate that, it's a four-game suspension. I suspended him for five games because I think a coach should be held to a higher standard. That is why I approached it that way. They all understand the rules, and I think we did what was appropriate in Wade Wilson's case, and I'm comfortable with that."
Using this logic, shouldn't Belichick be held to even a higher standard than Wilson because he's a HEAD COACH?
Were the tapes destroyed and did Belichick and the Patriots receive a slap on the wrist because Goodell is close friends with Robert Kraft and Kraft is one of the main reasons Goodell is now commissioner?
Had Goodell been consistent with his actions and issued suspensions just like he has to everyone else who has violated league policy, I don't think NFL fans would be suspicious of Goodell and this issue would be in the past. Like he said in his cute little press release there, the NFL needs to preserve the competitive integrity of the game. Coming from a man who has made some shady decisions regarding Spygate, it's almost laughable.