Jetfan13 Posted May 24, 2008 Share Posted May 24, 2008 By Harvey Fialkov | Sun-Sentinel.com 6:33 PM EDT, May 23, 2008 Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter, who was stopped short of two Super Bowl berths because of losses to New England and their beleaguered coach Bill Belichick, believes the Patriots got off easy for their role in the Spygate cheating scandal. "They cheated,'' Porter said during a telephone interview on ESPN's NFL Live Friday. "I feel like there should be an asterisk on it, just because [disgraced track star] Marion Jones, she gets caught, they take the gold medals back. Obviously, they got caught. If it wasn't that bad, why would you destroy the evidence? "If it wasn't helping nobody, why did you do it? If Tom Brady wasn't getting help out of it, then why would you do it every week? And everyone wants to wonder how these guys just went from zero to 60 overnight. That'll do it for you." During Porter's 10-year stint in Pittsburgh, his team was beaten by the Patriots in the 2001 and '04 AFC Championship games. Both times, the Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl. He feels the $500,000 fine levied against Belichick and the stripping of a 2008 first-round pick by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't fit the crime of videotaping opposing team's signals. "Anybody that I know that lost to them in big games, they are very upset about it,'' Porter said during the interview. "It's something that's not harped on, but the slap on the wrist really didn't fit the crime. I don't think the $500,000 fine was really big enough after you made multi-millions and billions off of winning those championships. "That's a fine that he probably didn't have to pay anyway. [Owner Robert] Kraft probably paid that fine, so it's not like it really hurt Belichick. He goes on to be this great coach for cheating. He went from a good coach; now he's a great, great coach, and he got caught cheating. "I don't understand that. I lost two of those championship games. If you're going tell me that happened, there's no way I can look at it and feel like I didn't get cheated." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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