I don’t disagree that they did something that was against the rules. I’m only pointing out that they got labeled as cheaters because of how it was all spun and the overly harsh punishment.If you want to get right down to it, they were punished because they were explicitly told not to do something and they did it anyway. Material or location, label whatever you like as the cheating part. The rest is noise. But the persecution complex doesn't help anything.
As others have pointed out, both the Seahawks and Ravens have broken the same rules multiple times (aka they cheated multiple times doing the exact same thing). But because the lack of a blowup / investigation / harsh punishment, they aren’t thought of as cheaters.