Just when you thought the whole Patriots videotaping scandal was blowing over, think again. Jets season ticket holder Carl Mayer filed a class-action lawsuit on Friday against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers." The price-tag? $184 million.
"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."Sure, Belichick and the team were each fined a substantial amount by the league. But Mayer wants real punishment. He suffered pain in the week one loss, and they'll have to get some too.
"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer. "You can't deceive customers."Fine I get it. You want your money back. But here's where it starts to get fishy. The lawsuit contends that since the Patriots were caught videotaping other teams, the punishment should not be limited to the game on September 9th. Instead, Mayer wants to be compensated for all games played between the two teams at Giants Stadium 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."Mayer and Afran may be outraged over the videotaping scandal, but their lawsuit doesn't seem to be genuine. They're known in the state of New Jersey for filing lawsuits and demanding investigations into their grievances. The duo consider themselves public interest lawyers, and it seems that they're well practiced at filing frivolous lawsuits and groveling for attention. This lawsuit won't fly, and any good attention getters know that you won't get much attention filing a suit on a Friday.