Disqualify the New England Patriots from the 2014/2015 NFL Playoffs, including the upcoming Super Bowl in Glendale, AZ
On January 18, 2015, the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, both teams within the AFC conference of the NFL, competed in the conference championship game, with the winner progressing to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots won, but days later, it was established that the team had used footballs which were significantly deflated, to a pressure around 20% lower than the minimum allowed by the league rules, and therefore making much easier to throw and catch in the cold, wet conditions during the game.
This gave the Patriots a significant, and unassailable advantage over their opponents, and impacted the fairness of the game.
The New England Patriots, and their head coach and general manager, Bill Belichick have an established history of cheating to gain an unfair competitive advantage over their opponents.
We therefore call upon you, Mr. Goodell, as commissioner of the NFL, to take a stand, and signal to the world that you take cheating of any kind seriously, and disqualify the New England Patriots from further participation in the 2014/2015 NFL playoffs. To allow the Patriots to compete in the Super Bowl, let alone win it, after cheating to reach that point would be a travesty of justice for any team beaten by the Patriots in this way.
We believe that disqualifying them from the competition, and vacating their AFC Championship is the only way to restore integrity to the league, as fines, removal of draft picks, or other punishment would still mean the AFC Championship, and possibly Super Bowl will still forever be tarnished, and sends the clear message to your fans that cheating is a valid way to succeed in sport, as in life.
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