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NFL Fines Giants $150,000, HC Ben McAdoo $50,000 For Walkie-Talkie Use

A picture of the New York Giants helmet on the field.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: The helmet of Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants is seen prior to the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The NFL levied a fine on the Giants and head coach Ben McAdoo.

Last week we learned that the NFL was investigating the New York Giants for their illegal use of walkie-talkies on the sideline. The radio transmitter in quarterback Eli Manning’s helmet malfunctioned during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game. Head coach Ben McAdoo then used a walkie-talkie to communicate with Manning, which is a violation of NFL rules.

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, the NFL fined the Giants and McAdoo for their actions in the game.

But that's not all. The NFL also punished the Giants where it counts most, the draft.

Here is an explanation of the legality of McAdoo using walkie-talkies during the game.

NFL officials cannot ensure that teams using a walkie-talkie are in compliance with league rules, which stipulate the communication between the sideline and the quarterback shut off when 15 seconds remain on the play clock.

The Giants are 10-4 on the season and are in prime position for a Wildcard spot in the NFC.