Spygate intern's SB ring hits auction

Updated: February 6, 2014, 11:01 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

A Super Bowl ring given to the man whose eye was behind the lens of the infamous New England Patriots Spygate scandal is being sold at auction.

Goldin Auctions is selling the Super Bowl XXXIX ring once owned by Matt Estrella, who was an intern with the Patriots at the time.

The current bid for the ring, which will be sold on Friday, is $6,700, including buyer's premium.

On Sept. 9, 2007, Estrella was caught filming the signals of the New York Jets defensive coaches, which is against league rules.

After reviewing the tapes, the league imposed a $500,000 fine on coach Bill Belichick, the maximum fine allowed under the rules. The Patriots were fined $250,000.

Although the league was later criticized by Senator Arlen Specter for destroying the tapes, Jets coach Eric Mangini, who was a former Patriots assistant coach, later said he regretted turning in his former team.

Mangini said he didn't think the taping actually gave the Patriots a significant advantage but did serve to compromise how people viewed the team's previous titles, including the 24-21 Super Bowl XXXIX victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, the team's third title in four years.

According to an affidavit signed by Estrella, who sold the ring in May 2012 to the person who consigned the ring to Goldin for the auction, he worked for the team as an assistant in the team's video department until 2009.

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ESPN.com Sports Business reporter

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