Once again the New England Patriots football team have found themselves in a spot of bother after it was determined that the illegally video taped a game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns from the Press box in the Browns home stadium.
As a result of the video taping, the Patriots must pay a fine of $1.1 million and they were docked their third round draft pick for the 2021 NFL draft.
While it is customary for teams to film the action on the field for teams to study future opponents (the Pats were to play the Bengals the following week), the Patriots were charged with filming the events on the sidelines.
The alleged event took place late in the 2019 NFL season. The Patriots said that they had asked the Browns for a credential so that their videographer could film some behind the scenes sideline shots for their “Do Your Job” video series.
The Patriots have fired the producer of the series Dave Mondillo. It is Mondillo’s voice that can be heard on the video.
And once the 2020 NFL season begins, the Patriots production crew is forbidden to film any games.
In a statement the Patriots said that had occurred without knowledge of team rules; adding, “our failure to inform the Bengals and the league was an unintended oversight.”
The Patriots reportedly turned over the footage once the infraction was discovered; adding that they have, “cooperated fully” with The League.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that none of his coaching staff, including himself, had not seen the video saying, “I personally have never viewed any video footage at all, anything that those production people have done, other than what’s shown on public television or something like that.”
Previous issues involving the New England Patriots include “Spygate” when they were caught trying to steal signals by filming the sidelines and were charged with deflating footballs during a championship game.
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