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Evidence against Lions included public statements and contact with Chiefs player

The NFL has issued a statement acknowledging the finding that the Lions engaged in tampering with the Chiefs.

The statement acknowledges that the finding came after a review and a hearing, and that the penalty arose from public comments regarding an interest in Chiefs players (an indirect reference to the remarks from Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham) and “having impermissible contact with a player (or his agent) under contract to the Chiefs.”

The player and agent weren’t named, but the player possibly was safety Jarrad Page, who held out for most of the offseason and training camp as a restricted free agent.  Page later was traded to the Patriots.

Given that players and agents typically deny any such contact once the allegations are made, making it impossible to prove that contact occurred, our guess is that the league discovered some sort of electronic paper trail, either via e-mails or text messages or both, that confirmed contact between the Lions and the Chiefs player/agent.

So, yes, the Lions have been busted.  It remains to be seen whether either team appeals before the February 28 deadline.  The fact that the Lions received a lower punishment than the 49ers in 2008 for tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs could prompt the Chiefs to ask for a draft swap higher than round five.

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5 Responses to “Evidence against Lions included public statements and contact with Chiefs player”
  1. mike83ri says: Feb 18, 2011 6:48 PM

    All that is great, but part of your theory on how they got caught doesn’t hold water.

    I’m guessing Front Page Sports Management represents many free agent players, as well as Lions players under contract. Giving them a call wouldn’t even be suspicious, much less prove anything.

  2. hobartbaker says: Feb 18, 2011 6:52 PM

    The contact with Page was deemed “inapropriate” even though he is over the age of consent.

  3. dragonfly99 says: Feb 18, 2011 9:54 PM

    If the NFL wants to be consistent why was there no punishment when the Vikings were in contact with Favre in the summer of 2008 when he was still officially a member of the Packers??? There was all types of electronic paper trails and admission by both sides there was contact between Favre and Vikings coaches. Another example of NFL double standards and favoritism towards Brett.

  4. grpatriot says: Feb 19, 2011 8:20 AM

    Gather the pitch forks my friends…Another witch hunt is in the offing!

  5. Canyonero says: Feb 19, 2011 11:31 AM

    I’d have thought Gunther Cunningham still has an office over at the Chiefs.

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