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What Should The Punishment Be For Deflategate?

I'm sure you've all heard all about the controversy, at least here in the U.S. DeflateGate is making the rounds as being one of the most talked about topics in sports. Now the Patriots aren't immune to controversy, they were involved with SpyGate in the past which got them fined and they lost a draft pick. They still went to the Super Bowl, so it really wasn't much of a punishment. To me, professional sports needs to do more to punish cheaters when it can or does change the outcome. I don't know of any sports and I'm very critical of NASCAR with this also, if someone cheats and it gives them an advantage and they go on to win, that win should be taken away. Sound harsh? Maybe, but do you really think fining these sports stars is deterring them? No, the only time the punishment makes an impact is when some is suspended, they think about it. Why not take it one step further, take the win away when cheating has been found to have an impact on the outcome. I know this won't ever happen, but I think this is really the only way that will stop them. OK, IF they were to be found guilty of cheating, what do you think their punishment should be?

Fine and loss of draft pick same as before

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Double fine and loss of draft pick

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Fine, loss of draft pick and suspension of coach for the Super Bowl

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Fine, loss of draft pick and coach suspension for a year

0 votes / 0% 0 votes

Take win away and not allow them to go to the Super Bowl

2 votes / 40% 2 votes / 40 %

Other please explain

3 votes / 60% 3 votes / 60 %
This poll has received 5 vote(s) so far.

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arthurchappell wrote on January 22, 2015, 11:38 AM

a complete lifetime ban from the sport should be enforced in many cases

Kat- wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:43 PM

I don't think any sport would go that far, not that you're not wrong, but a lifetime ban is a huge thing.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 22, 2015, 1:38 PM

Next time they play the players have to first douse their hands in pig fat.

Kasman wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:05 PM

I don't understand why some people will cheat at anything. If you have to cheat to win then the win becomes meaningless.

Kat- wrote on January 22, 2015, 4:45 PM

That's true and it happens more often than we realize, which is sad.

Kat- wrote on January 22, 2015, 4:46 PM

Ew...that wouldn't be fun, why not give the ball to the other team then? lol

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 22, 2015, 4:51 PM

Mess with the pigskin, then they better be willing to pay the price...

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:38 PM

I honestly believe cheating to this magnitude warrants disallowing the win and award it to the Colts. Then ban Belichick for life, fine Brady and Kraft (owner).

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:16 PM

I think they should take away one TD and PA for each psi the balls were under inflated. Oh, yeah, the Patriots would still win by 24 points. The degree to which the balls were inflated wouldn't have changed the outcome of that game. The only thing that would have would have been the Colts showing up with a better team but I guess they didn't have one handy.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:19 PM

Since every major sports team in every big money sport cheats in any way the can think they'll get away with, you know they do, because the money is too big, the only real answer here is to ban professional sports.

Kat- wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:09 AM

Yes, I believe that the Patriots still would have won, I just don't get the mindset of cheating to win.

Kat- wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:10 AM

That won't happen.

Kat- wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:12 AM

Not really. Yes, cheating happens all the time, why wouldn't they when they can get away with it without any real punishment? Start taking wins away from team or suspending individuals and that will get their attention because we know it will get their sponsors attention when their star isn't out there to be seen.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 23, 2015, 8:47 PM

The suggestion to ban professional sports was hyperbole, but I'm sure you realized that. You are right that more severe sanctions would make a difference, but if there wasn't so much money involved the incentive to cheat wouldn't be as strong. It bothers me that the same Joe Six-Pack who will pay $80 or more a seat to see a football game won't pay an extra 1/4 of 1 cent on the dollar in sales tax so his kids can have decent text books and up to date computers in school. Perhaps that is where my ire at professional sports originates.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:57 AM

You are absolutely right and that is why most of the professional sports have to deal with issues of loss of respect and questions of fairness.