The New York Giants were fined $150,000 and their coach, Ben McAdoo was fined $50,000 for illegally using walkie-talkies in their week 14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
In addition to the fines, the Giants’ fourth-round pick in the next NFL draft will fall a maximum of 12 spots in the fourth round and could possibly fall below compensatory picks.
The use of two-way radios by coaches is prohibited because the walkies are not capable of being cut off with 15 seconds remaining on the play clock.
McAdoo was spotted during the game holding the walkie-talkie when the team was having difficulty relaying plays to quarterback Eli Manning. The NFL contends that even though the Giants weren’t communicating with Manning during the last 15 seconds of the play clock, they had the opportunity to do it.
An NFL source told ESPN that people around the league thought it was a “pretty big deal” and a “blatant disregard for a known rule for a competitive advantage.”
The Giants fully cooperated with the NFL’s investigation. It was the team’s first violation of this policy.
McAdoo spent two seasons as the Giants’ offensive coordinator after eight seasons as an assistant with the Green Bay Packers. This is his first year as an NFL head coach.