NFL personnel's alleged reaction to the Patriots' OTA violation revealed

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By now, the news of the Patriots' violating the rules of the CBA during their first few organized team activities has blown over, with most people realizing it wasn't that big of a deal.

It was reported that Joe Judge had scheduled meetings for special teams players to attend on several days, allegedly keeping the players at the facility longer than the four hours allowed by the CBA. The other violation was the meeting being listed internally, as that is also a no-no, according to the NFLPA.

It all resulted in the stripping of two OTA sessions and a fine of $50,000 to Bill Belichick.

Now that it's been about a week since the news broke, New England fans have gotten over their disappointment. While fans of the other 31 teams may want to hold it against Belichick, given his history of "breaking the rules," the rest of the league appears to have decided to react similarly to Patriots' fans.

In his Sunday notes piece for ESPN, Mike Reiss discussed how the rest of the NFL reacted to the news, describing the consensus also appears to recognize it's just OTAs and does not provide any benefit to the Patriots whatsoever.

"The NFL also could have fined Belichick as much as $100,000 but instead chose $50,000. The league could have additionally fined the Patriots’ organization (paid by ownership) but didn’t do so. While that could be related in part to the Patriots’ cooperation with the investigation, it more decisively reflects, in the view of some around the NFL, how the violation was primarily about carelessness/lack of attention to detail on the day an NFL Players Association staff member was visiting as part of standard operating procedure."

It's a sigh of relief to know that we won't be hearing more about this story than what's been said already. Thankfully, some random team won't make this into a bigger deal than it already is, especially since the Patriots are not the first, nor will they be the last, to violate some rules during OTAs.

Now that the two docked days have passed, New England will resume their OTAs on Wednesday with reporters in attendance for the first time this offseason.