Manish Mehta in NY Daily News – The Darrelle Revis tampering case that infuriated the Patriots came to a conclusion on Tuesday when the NFL doled out its version of justice.
A league source told the Daily News that the Jets will be fined $100,000, but will not be docked any draft picks for Woody Johnson‘s comments that he’d “love to have Darrelle back” at a December press conference. At least one other team will be fined for what the league deemed tampering this offseason, according to the league source. …
The Jets signed Revis to a blockbuster 5-year, $70 million deal this offseason after he helped the Patriots win a fifth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.
Since Manish Mehta basically takes dictation from Jets’ ownership and passes it off as journalism, he can be forgiven for thinking the Patriots have won five Super Bowls. Or maybe he’s just getting ahead of himself, posting next year’s Jets convicted of tampering article, the one that will come out after the Pats win Super Bowl 50 and they do it again.
By now you may no doubt be saying “Gee, Jer. Your genius is unparalleled and all, but how can you sit here and say the Jets will tamper again?”
Because, as the world loves to say about the Patriots – incorrectly – with the Jets there is a pattern here. In fact this is their third conviction for cheating:
And that doesn’t even include the other tampering allegations where the Jets escaped punishment:
- In 2006 Deion Branch was in a contract holdout and the Jets discussed with Branch’s agents what they were willing to offer in a trade for him. The Pats filed tampering charges and traded him to Seattle, but the league took no action.
- In 2009 the 49ers also dimed the Jets out for tampering with their wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Again, they got away with no discipline from the league.
So there’s your “pattern.” The kind that doesn’t exist with the Patriots given that they’ve got one conviction for pointing a camera at the Jets’ coaches in the non-designated-pointing-cameras area and one pending investigation for air pressure in footballs that’s gone nowhere for almost 100 days. That’s it. Their entire rap sheet.
But the Jets now have their third felony conviction for cheating, just since Spygate. All under the same ownership. Granted it’s a slap on the wrist. And if justice was really served they’d be punished under some sort of “three strikes and you’re out” policy and New England would be awarded their draft picks. And Woody Johnson would be suspended or worse.
But on the other hand, as a friend of mine pointed out, the way the Jets draft, the worst punishment for them might be to just let them have all their picks. Cheaters.
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