I was a bit surprised NFL commish Roger Goodell pulled the trigger so soon on Coach Belichick.
Naturally, being a Bills fan, I’ve never liked this particular cheater. So natch, you might assume I think he and his team got off easy. ESPN commentator John Clayton thinks so, too. I think the fines are meaningless. I would have suspended Belichick four games without pay. I would have considered forfeiting half the Patriots draft picks, not just one.
One thing I will say for the coach is that his apology was unconditional. He didn’t preface it with, “If I have harmed anyone …” He knows he’s harmed himself, his team, and his culture of sport. He leaves the Vince Lombardi/Chuck Noll/Don Shula cadre to join the Paul Hornung/Mark McGwire/Pete Rose team. Time will tell if he ever makes it out.