The former team videographer at the center of the Patriots’ Spygate scandal sold his title ring from the AFC Championship Game played in Jan. 2008 for $16,940, according to Goldin Auctions.
Matt Estrella was the Patriots’ videographer caught filming the New York Jets’ defensive coaches during Week 1 of the 2007 season. The diamond-encrusted, 10-karat gold ring is the same version given to players on that year’s team, according to the item listing.
The Patriots were fined $250,000 and docked a first-round draft pick by the NFL. Head coach Bill Belichick was also fined $500,000 for his role in the scandal.
Undeterred by the controversy, the Patriots went a perfect 16-0 in the 2007 regular season and set a new NFL scoring record, averaging 37 points per game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Randy Moss set records for single-season passing and receiving touchdowns, respectively. After a win in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots fell to the Giants in a Super Bowl upset .
Estrella’s footage from the Jets game was never released to the public. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell destroyed the evidence gathered during the league’s investigation, saying “it was the right thing to do .’’
There was initially no word on the fanhood of the individual who purchased the ring at a Maryland auction. Perhaps it was Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who used to gloat that the Patriots hadn’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate.