A disturbing article at Yahoo Sports about Carl Mayer, a consumer lawyer and Jets fan, filing a $184 million class-action law suit on behalf of Jets season ticket holders.
Mayer's attempt to obtain the money is based on Belichick and the Patriots being fined for using a video camera on the sidelines during Week 1's game versus the Jets.
Belichick was fined $500k and the team $250k for improper use of video equipment.
Mayer's lawsuit states the issue of the Patriots video taping had been discovered by other teams as well and therefore there is history of breaking the rules.
So where does the $184m come into to play? Mayer claims that Jets fan have been duped by Belichick since he joined the Patriots. Therefore every game the Patriots have played versus the Jets is consumer fraud.
If indeed Mayer truly believes this, then he also believes Jets Coach Eric Mangini was part of this effort and therefore also creating consumer fraud. Mayer's lawsuit should also include Mangini.
Football is a sport and is there for entertainment. Did Mayer enjoy watching the Jets whether they were winning or losing? Was it not great for him and other Jets fans when the Jets were the AFC East Champions and made it to the playoffs and the defending Super Bowl Patriots were at home watching is on television?
Why do lawyers do this sort of thing? For Mayer if his concern is consumer fraud and public interest, then hopefully he is doing it pro bono. Otherwise it appears he is doing it for his own name recognition at the national level and lining his own pockets.