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Giants, coach fined for use of walkie-talkie during win vs. Cowboys

Giants coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie illegally when he lost communication with his quarterback, Eli Manning, against the Cowboys on Dec. 11.
Giants coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie illegally when he lost communication with his quarterback, Eli Manning, against the Cowboys on Dec. 11. AP

The NFL fined the New York Giants and coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday for their use of a walkie-talkie during their victory over the Cowboys on Dec. 11.

The league fined the club $150,000 and McAdoo $50,000. The Giants also will lose draft position in the fourth round, dropping a maximum of 12 spots in the round.

“It was a clear violation of the rules and we accept full responsibility and the penalty,” the Giants said in a statement.

A malfunction prevented Eli Manning from hearing plays via the radio transmitter in his helmet in the fourth quarter, prompting McAdoo to use a walkie-talkie to communicate with his quarterback for five plays.

The hand-held two-way radio has no shut off, conceivably allowing for communication after the league-mandated cut off of 15 seconds left on the play clock.

“The New York Giants were notified today of the discipline for a violation of the NFL’s game operations policy which prohibits the use of two-way radios by coaches to communicate plays during a game,” the NFL said in a statement. “The policy states ‘coaches are not permitted to hold a radio during a game because they will not be cut off when the Cutoff Switch Operator engages the cutoff.’”

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week he did not blame his team’s 10-7 loss on the Giants’ illegal use of the two-way radio.

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