It didn’t take long for the NFL to put an end to Walkie-Talkiegate.
On Tuesday, the league announced the New York Giants have been fined $150,000 for the illegal use of walkie-talkies during their victory against the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month. Additionally, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was fined $50,000 for his role in the incident and the team’s fourth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft will now fall by a maximum of 12 spots in the fourth round.
According to ESPN, even though the coaches did not communicate with Eli Manning within the final 15 seconds of the play clock, the fact they had the opportunity to do so forced the NFL to take action. People around the league also told ESPN that what the Giants did was a “pretty big deal” and clearly went against league rules.
Upon review, the NFL determined McAdoo used the walkie-talkie for five plays at the start of the fourth quarter once the radio transmitter in Manning’s helmet stopped working. The series ended with Manning throwing an interception. While the Cowboys did not file a formal complaint, the league immediately looked into it when they saw what McAdoo was doing on the broadcast.
The Giants reportedly fully cooperated with the NFL’s investigation.