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Dec 12th
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Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
We should make sure this is seen by all of these reporters so that they know what to "tell the Children"


Cheated to sign former coach Don Shula by tampering with the then Baltimore Colts employee. Found guilty of tampering and stripped of a first round pick.

The organization’s public unwillingness to follow tampering rules was the impetus for free agent reform. In 2008 the Phins signed guard Justin Smiley, contract written, detailed, printed and signed just 17 minutes after midnight.

1985 an Assistant was accused of radioing conversations from other teams. Letter of reprimand issued from the league.

Caught illegally taping the Patriots offensive calls on the LOS in their first meeting and then used that info to beat them in the second game.

New York Jets:
Assistant coach intentionally injured an opposing gunner. Cowardly Mike Westoff, instead of taking responsibility for their malicious actions, blamed the Patriots instead.

Tampered with then New England Coach Bill Parcells.

Contacted illegally Patriot assistants after they hired Mangini in an attempt to pry them away.

Broke memo of not to tape signals from the field, just a week or two before they ratted on the Pats

Former kicker Jay Feeley admitted the team had been faking injuries for years.

While playing for the Jets Favre also gave out inside secrets and strategy tips on the Packers in a 40 minute phone conversation with Matt Millen and the Lions coaching staff, actively sabotaging the team he’ll one day enter the Hall of Fame as a member of. The story was successfully covered up by an ESPN “Do Not Report” order but was unearthed by Profootballtalk. Favre was never disciplined, fined, or help accountable for lying about the incident for weeks.

Tampered with New England CB Darell Revis

Buffalo Bills:
Intentionally injured cancer victim Eric Berry
Fined $20,000 for failing to report a wrist injury to Mario Williams.

Baltimore Ravens:
Gave fiance-puncher Ray Rice the most minimal punishment possible for punching said fiance, hoping the whole thing would go away. Only cut the despicable RB when the video of the domestic violence incident went viral and essentially forced the team’s hand.

Employs repeat domestic abuser Terrell Suggs with little to no repercussions.
Accidentally let it slip that the team used bounties, specifically with Steelers WR Hines Ward. r-b...

Ray Lewis using a banned substance to come back from injury sooner and lead his team to a Super Bowl.

“According to Sports Illustrated, Lewis contacted a company to obtain a deer-antler velvet extract after tearing his triceps in October. Mitch Ross of S.W.A.T.S reportedly videotaped the phone call from Lewis. “Spray on my elbow every two hours?” Lewis asked Ross regarding the extract, via “No,” Ross said. “Under your tongue.” Later, Lewis asked Ross to “just pile me up and just send me everything you got, because I got to get back on this this week.” The problem for Lewis is that the extract contains IGF-1, which is on the NFL’s list of banned substances.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Team Doctor Implicated in illegal use/dispensing of PED’s.

Cheated the Salary Cap

Rampant cheating with illegal steroid use "What I did (steroid use) was wrong" - Terry Bradshaw

Former coach Bill Cower admitted to stealing opposing teams signals (sounds smart if you ask me).“We didn't lose the game because of any Spygate, because of them having any additional things,” Cowher said, referring to the 41-27 loss to New England that ended the Steelers' season following a 15-1 regular season. “I think if they're guilty of anything, they're guilty of arrogance because they were told not to do something. But it was something that everybody does.”
The Spygate scandal didn't break until almost three years later, after the Patriots were caught taping the New York Jets coaches' defensive signals during a September 2007 game. The NFL fined Belichick $500,000 — the largest fine given a coach — and the Patriots $250,000 and took away New England's first-round pick in the 2008 draft.
Former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh later provided the league with eight tapes of opposing teams' defensive signals during the 2000-02 seasons, but the league did not discipline the Patriots further.
“The only thing they got caught (was) doing it with a camera,” Cowher told the radio station. “We had people that always tried to steal signals. Stealing someone's signals was a part of the game, and everyone attempted to do that.”
Cowher said “part of the things we had (were) wristbands that we were using to do it,” attempting to identify opposing teams' verbal signals that were being yelled to the players on the field.”

Current coach Mike Tomlin was fined $100,000 for cheating in-game, stepping onto the field to deliberately alter the path of kick returner Jacoby Jones.

Cleveland Browns:
Currently under NFL investigation for texting opposing play calls to the Browns sideline from the press booth.

Indy Colts:
Accused repeatedly throughout the years of using artificial crowd noise, manipulating dome temperatures, and tampering with opposing teams in-helmet communication units.
Used coach Tony Dungy’s influence on the competition committee to advance defensive contact rules specifically tailored to their own agenda. The Colts won a Super Bowl with the new rules in place, yet somehow the rest of the world is still under the impression that Tom Brady lobbied for and created these rules.

Intentionally lost games in order to get the top drat pick - "Sucking for Luck"

Denver Broncos:
Got caught taping a SanFrancisco walk through.

Caught cheating by way of manipulating the salary cap multiples times: a feat that won the franchise back to back Super Bowl titles.

Coach Mike Shanahan admitted to using similar video taping practices as Belichick during his Super Bowl years, and was investigated for spying on a Chargers practice in 2008.

San Diego Chargers:
Caught cheating in 2012 by illegal use of towels with a hidden adhesive substance. The league fined the team $20,000 ruling that the club failed to turn over the towels when directed, and attempted to conceal them. As a testimony to just how little ball tampering matters, the Chargers were 3-3 before the scandal and finished 7-9 missing the playoffs.

Kansas City:
Jimmy Johnson named Chief’s coach Marty Schottenheimer as one of the many coaches in the league that videotaped opposing teams signals identical to what the Patriots were found guilty of.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley accused the team of bugging rooms in the Arrowhead facilities, and even wiretapping their own head coach’s phone.

In 2012 the Chiefs administration was busted for misappropriating millions in tax payer money. The report outlined that of the almost $30 million in tax payer funds it received for stadium maintenance, they used only about 30% of the money on the stadium. The rest, illegally, went elsewhere.

Legendary coach Jimmy Johnson one of the few people with the courage to admit that he used video taping practices identical to the Patriots’ to steal signals, as did a number of other coaches. It was integral to their success in building a dynasty

Caught cheating and stripped of over $10 million in salary cap space for illegally tampering with their salary cap 2010.


Caught cheating and nailed for over $31 million in salary cap space for running the same salary scam as the Cowboys in 2010.

Accused of cheating by the Cowboys in 2011 by way of “disconcerting signals.”

New York Giants:

Caught cheating and epitomized the fake injury scandal by accidentally having two players fake injuries at the same time to gain extra timeouts.

Caught cheating in 1989 as head coach Buddy Ryan promoted a bounty system against the division rival Dallas Cowboys, coaching his players to purposely injure key opponents.

Accused of cheating in 2012 by way of tampering with visiting teams’ in-helmet communication systems, and were still somehow 2-5 at home that year.

Recently admitted to cheating by bribing ball attendants ($7500) to tamper with game balls. In yet another demonstration of how little minor tampering of game balls matter, this is the same Super Bowl mentioned above that the Raiders allegedly lost on purpose.

Three members of the 2004 Panthers tested positive for steroids after LOSING Super Bowl XXXVIII to the New England Patriots. An investigation showed all 3 players had prescriptions for the banned substance filled within two weeks of the Super Bowl suggesting that they were definitely on steroids during the game… AND STILL LOST.

Caught cheating in 2014 by tampering with game balls, heating them on the sidelines. Received only a warning from the NFL

New Orleans:
Bounty Gate

Former Bears LB Brian Urlacher admitted his defense regularly used fake injuries to slow down opposing offenses.

Recent admission of former ballboy of trying to sneak balls through the inspection.

Caught cheating in 2014 by tampering with game balls, heating them on the sidelines. Received only a warning from the NFL

Green Bay
Aaron Rogers has admitted he wants his footballs overinflated for games. Gets angry when they take air out.

Former Cardinals QB Matt Leinart admits to tampering with game balls, and further more correctly admits that almost every NFL quarterback does it too.

Multiple violations of offseason practice rules leading to the team being stripped of mini-camp days and both the organization and coach Pete Carroll being fined a combined $300,000.

Alleged PED use by 7 players


Cheated the Salary Cap

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Hall of Fame Poster
Pittsburgh Steelers:

Don't forget the rampant cheating with illegal steroid use that turned them from a laughingstock franchise - finishing over .500 just 7 times in their entire 40 year existence - into a powerhouse that won* 4 championships.

"What I did (steroid use) was wrong" - Terry Bradshaw

False Glory by Steve Courson is a must read.

patfanken Supporter Supporter
Also add the fact the Dolphins were caughtillegally taping the Patriots offensive calls on the LOS in their first meeting and then used that info to beat them in the second game. IIRC they got off with a warning or small fine, told not to do it again, and then it was never heard about again in League or media. You know, the same way the league and media treat the Pats. :rolleyes:

patfanken Supporter Supporter
You missed a number of Jet crimes. No only did they overtly tamper with Parcells, they also contacted illegally a number of Patriot assistants after they hired Mangini in an attempt to pry them away. They were also guity do breaking the memo not to tape signals from the field, just a week or two before they narked on the Pats


2nd Team Getting Their First Start
excellent info. please lets spread the word on this. Everyone is so high and mighty out there and trash the Pats when we have only officially gotten in trouble one time for a misinterpretation of the rules


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You're missing some more:

NY Jets

Tampering with Patriots WR Deion Branch, 2006 (source)
Tampering with Packers QB Brett Favre, 2008 (source)
Tampering with Broncos WR Brandon Marshall, 2009 (source)
Tampering with 49ers rookie WR Michael Crabtree, 2009 (source)
Tampering with Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, 2010 (source)
Headset sabotage on Cowboys HC Jason Garrett, 2011 (source)
via NE QB Drew Bledsoe :eek: - HC Bill Parcells obtaining/sharing information about injuries from other teams, Patriots WR Terry Glenn, 1998 (source)

Miami Dolphins

Tampering with Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, 2010 (source)
Richie Incognito - Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, 2013 (source)

Philadelphia Eagles

Tampering with Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, 2015 (source)

Tennessee Titans

Bounty program, early 2000 (source)

KC Chiefs

via Colts CB Vontae Davis - Tampering with Dolphins CB Sean Smith, 2013 (source)

Washington Redskins

Tampering with Titans DL Albert Haynesworth, 2009 (source)

SF 49ers

Tampering with Bears LB Lance Briggs, 2008 (source)

TB Buccaneers

Headset sabotage on Redskins QB RG3, 2012 (source)


Tampering with Browns WR Josh Cribbs, 2013 (source)


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How have the Jets never been busted for tampering? Wasn't their tampering with Deion Branch pretty huge in him eventually getting traded?

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Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Terrific thread Bruins29, thanx for starting it. Here are a couple of articles about Tripgate full of memories possibly forgotten about that would be good reminders for Pats fans. (And hopefully for Bob Kraft if he has finally decided to fight back.)

The gems in here include the fact that the Rats suspended Sal Alosi, not the NFL. Who else gets to investigate and punish themselves? It would have been nice if the Pats could have investigated Spygate themselves and given themselves an appropriate punishment.

Rex Ryan and Mike Westhoff said that they both were unaware of what was going on on their own sidelines, and Roger Goodell said that he believed them.

Brian Billick stated that he knew that Ryan was aware of it and Mike Westhoff, while unaware of it on his own team, used the Pats doing it too as his defense.

So you believe Ryan and Westhoff, but not BB when he said he interpreted the league memo to mean he couldn't use tapes in the same game they were made? Really Roger?

"The NFL sent a letter to the 32 teams Thursday reminding them of the rules and restrictions for the bench area and sidelines."
That's nice, thank you for reminding teams that mugging opposing players on the sidelines is not allowed. I'm sure many of us were not clear on that.

"The league is checking into whether Westhoff violated a league rule by publicly calling out the Patriots. A 2008 league memo from commissioner Roger Goodell, printed in the San Francisco Chronicle and brought to light Thursday by, warned every team that making false claims against other clubs could result in penalties."

I had forgotten about that. If the league had actually punished the Rats for that I might have remembered.

"A Jets spokesman deferred to the league for comment."

Oh NOW you defer to the league.....


Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
If ANY of these happened to us this week instead of smeargate, for example the Cleveland texting issue.. It would be just as big of NFL/mediot witch hunt! But nope, not the Pats.. nobody cares, nothing to see here.

Keep up the terrific work by the way!