It’s not just senators who are up in arms about the Patriots’ cheating ways. The CINCINNATI ENQUIRER reports that because of Bill Belichick’s illegal videotaping, some fans & players from Super Bowl XXXVI are suing for a super refund.
A lawsuit was filed in New Orleans on Friday, claiming the illegal videotaping of a Rams walkthrough gave the Pats an “unfair advantage” in the game, which they won 20-17. The suit charges that the Patriots “committed numerous crimes including fraud, racketeering and breach of contract in addition to violating Louisiana’s unfair trade practices and consumer protection act.”
And now the fans want their money back - and it’s quite a lump sum:
“Through the lawsuit, the broker Kevin Hacker, who also attended the Super Bowl, asked the federal court to grant 72,922 people who attended the game a full refund. At a face value of $400 per ticket, that would mean the NFL would have to return $29,168,800.”
And it’s not just fans who feel cheated. Former Rams player Willie Gary wants himself & his former teammates to each get $25,000 - the difference between the bonuses of the Super Bowl winning & losing teams.
“Gary, who now lives in Atlanta and plays arena football, also wants compensation for not receiving a Super Bowl XXXVI ring, which now sell for $125,000 on eBay, according to the suit. For 45 players, the difference in bonuses and the value of the rings would be $6,750,000. “
Altogether, the lawsuit could cost the Pats & the NFL almost $36 million - not including additional damages for emotional distress. But the New Orleans group looking to cash in on the cheating better get in line.