The National Football League (NFL) has snagged the New York Giants and their head coach Ben McAdoo with over $200,000 in fines for use of a banned communication device in-game.
According to NFL.com, the Giants were also given a penalty of their fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft, which was moved to the end of the round, following any compensatory picks.
The National Football League stated that “the hand-held communication device was used for five plays on an early fourth-quarter drive that ended in an interception on a pass intended for Victor Cruz.”
The Giants reportedly were trying to fix their communication system at the time the walkie-talkie was given to McAdoo.
The league said this past Thursday that “league policy prohibits a coach from using such devices in a game because he would not be cut off from talking by the switch operator for the coach-to-player helmet communication system. Communication is cut off when the play clock reaches 15 seconds or when the ball is snapped.”
McAdoo, is in his first season as head coach of the Giants, is one win away from clinching the team’s playoff berth for the first time since 2011.