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ESPN
Published May 24, 2023 at 09:15 PM ET
Updated May 24, 2023 at 09:17 PM ET

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are losing two days of organized team activities due to a violation of offseason rules, league sources told ESPN.

The team had been scheduled for an OTA on Thursday, the first to be attended by reporters this offseason, but the club announced Wednesday that it had been canceled.

Thursday's OTA, in addition to another next week, were taken away as part of the violation, according to sources. It wasn't immediately known what the specific violation was.This week marks the start of the third and final phase of the Patriots' offseason program, which allows the team a total of 10 OTAs. There is no live contact permitted in OTAs, among other rules as part of Article 21 of the collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL Players Association monitors teams across the NFL for potential violations as part of its standard operating procedure.

The Patriots declined to comment.

In recent seasons, the Cowboys (2021, 2022), Bears (2022), Commanders (2022), Texans (2022), 49ers (2021), Jaguars (2021), Ravens (2018) and Seahawks (2016) have been penalized for violations of offseason rules.

 
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36 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

They were given less time to have organized practices. That is the penalty.

Belichick knows all the rules, so I’m sure they had extra practices which basically will cancel out the two that they’re going to miss. So in the end, it’s basically no punishment.

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7 hours ago, mrcoops said:

Punishment should fit the repeated crimes.

Closing down the franchise, wiping all victories, locking up Belichick, chemical castration of Kraft, and banning all their bandwagonning fans from the Internet for life should just about cover it.

He might like that, especially if a happy ending is involved.

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13 hours ago, Beerfish said:

.....Thursday's OTA, in addition to another next week, were taken away as part of the violation, according to sources. It wasn't immediately known what the specific violation was as all video evidence seems to have been erased and the only two apparent witnesses accidentally fell out of windows to their deaths this past week. This week marks the start of the third and final phase of the Patriots' offseason program, which allows the team a total of 10 OTAs.....

 

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7 hours ago, Larz said:

The best part is it’s usually a player complaining that gets them caught. Great culture up there now 😂

Players will put up with the harsh treatment from Belichick and his staff if it means winning rings. They won't put up with it to finish fourth in the division.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots were stripped of two organized team activities because of coaches' scheduling that resulted in players spending more than their allowed time at the team facility, according to league sources.

As part of its ruling, the NFL noted the "candor and full cooperation" of the Patriots, referring to it as "noteworthy and commendable." Nevertheless, the NFL still fined coach Bill Belichick $50,000, according to league sources, in addition to taking away the two organized team activities.

The NFL Players Association had filed a formal complaint against the Patriots on May 4, alleging a violation of Article 21, Section 5(b) of the collective bargaining agreement that players can be at the team facility no more than four hours per day during the second phase of the voluntary offseason program.

 

The complaint was specific to meetings/workshops that weren't on the official schedule of the four-hour workday sent to players for May 1, May 2 and May 4.

The Patriots told the NFL that the meetings/workshops weren't mandatory and no attendance was taken.

But the league ultimately ruled that all activity must begin and end within the constraints of the collectively bargained four-hour period.

The Patriots had been scheduled for an OTA on Thursday, the first to be attended by reporters this offseason, but the club announced Wednesday that it had been canceled.

Thursday's OTA, in addition to another next Tuesday, were taken away as part of the violation.

This week marks the start of the third and final phase of the Patriots' offseason program, which allows the team a total of 10 OTAs.

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23 hours ago, mrcoops said:

Punishment should fit the repeated crimes.

Closing down the franchise, wiping all victories, locking up Belichick, chemical castration of Kraft, and banning all their bandwagonning fans from the Internet for life should just about cover it.

It’s been a long quarter-century 

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