In addition to suspending
But the biggest fine in franchise history isn't deterring some of the Patriots' loyal fans from giving back to the team.
Michael J. Whitman, a Patriots fan in Spokane, Wash., has started a crowdfunding drive to collect money to help pay the $1 million fine.
Whitman explained his intentions on his GoFundMe.com donations page: "We obviously know we won't reach One Million Dollars, however we do believe the fine is bull ... and want to help anyway we can So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine!
"As we venture with this, we will do frequent updates to show progression of this! If enough is made to make the travel, we will fly down there (on our own expenses) and deliver a check in person!"
As of Tuesday morning, Whitman's donors had pledged more than $2,500. He has a long way to go, but he has plenty of folks who've expressed their support with $5, $10, $20 and even $50 donations.