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Patriots Spygate
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Patriots Spygate

September 2007

After the first week of the 2007 season, the New York Jets accused the New England Patriots of illegally videotaping their defensive coaches' signals. The incident, better known as Spygate, cast doubts on the Patriots' three Super Bowl titles and permanently tarnished coach Bill Belichick's legacy. For the infraction, the NFL fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000. The Patriots were also forced to surrender their 2008 first-round draft choice. In 2008, former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh (inset) sent eight videotapes containing opponents' coaches' signals from the 2000 through 2002 seasons to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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