We have no idea how we missed this story when it was reported by the AP last Friday. A New York Jets season ticket holder filed a class action lawsuit against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."
The Jets fan, Carl Mayer, is seeking more than $184 million in damages for New York season ticket holders. The lawsuit stems from the infamous Spygate scandal in which the Patriots were caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season opening win over the Jets.
"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told The Associated Press. "This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots."
"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer. "You can't deceive customers."
The lawsuit maintained that because other teams found illegal videotaping by the defendants, Jets ticket holders should be compensated for all games played in Giants Stadium between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became head coach in 2000.
The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight "fraudulent" games, they're entitled to triple that amount -- or $184.8 million -- in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
"How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once," Mayer said. "We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation."