Adam Schefter of ESPN reported yesterday that the Atlanta Falcons were currently under an ongoing investigation from the NFL as to whether the team illegal piped in extra crowd noise during opposing team’s offensive huddles over the past two seasons. Should the NFL find that the Falcons were guilty of this, there are expectations for “stiff” penalties which could include a fine and the loss of a draft pick.
Such an investigation is not new to the NFL, as several times in the past the Indianapolis Colts were accused of doing the same thing, but the league never found that team guilty of any wrongdoing.
Falcons team spokesman Reggie Roberts did release a statement in regards to the allegations and investigation:
“We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games. We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome.”
The Falcons currently hold eight selections in the 2015 draft. They have an extra seventh-round pick from the St. Louis Rams acquired via trade when the team moved up in the first round of the 2013 draft to select cornerback Desmond Trufant. Current projections indicate that the Falcons will not receive a compensatory draft selection when those are announced later this spring.