Harbaugh told 98 Rock in Baltimore that it wasn't worth trying to bend the rules in light of the Saints' Bountygate and the Patriots' Spygate.
In the end, everything is brought before the light of day, when it's all said and done, Harbaugh responded. What happens, even the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they got asterisks now. It's been stained.
To me, it's never worth it. You have to figure out ways to use the rules to your advantage, you have to figure out ways to make the most of everything. We have new work rules here as far as what we can do and what we can't do with our players, and we're going to make the most of it. What we're finding is, 'Man, maybe we can do some things even better than we did before, because these rules make us focus more on some things that we didn't focus on before. You just have to make them work for you. That's what success is in the world. You have to find a way to do things better than somebody else. But if you're cheating, in the end, you're going to get discredited. It's not worth it.
The Patriots were caught illegally videotaping New York Jets defensive coaches' signals during a 2007 game. The NFL fined the Patriots $250,000 and a first-round draft pick, as well as fining coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for the illegal videotaping.
Coincidentally the Patriots have not win a Super Bowl since the Spygate incident.