More like this, please. From a Bill Richardson Press Release:
Democratic Presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson, campaigning today in Iowa, issued the following statement regarding the recent “spying” incident involving the National Football League’s New England Patriots:
“The President has been allowed to spy on Americans without a warrant, and our U.S. Senate is letting it continue. You know something is wrong when the New England Patriots face stiffer penalties for spying on innocent Americans than Dick Cheney and George Bush.”
Also note, in the grand scheme of things, the penalty for the Patriots is a tiny slap on the wrist. They lose a draft pick, the team pays a $250,000 fine, and the coach pays a $500,000 fine. In contrast to this chump-change, yesterday the F1 racing organization fined the McLaren team one hundred million dollars for receiving information about the Ferrari team. I guess the integrity of European auto racing is just four hundred times more important than American football.
One last note: according to Forbes, in 2005 the New England
Cheating Spies Patriots posted $43 million in earnings on $250 million in revenues. That fine again? $250 thousand- about 1/3 of one day’s revenue.