Patriots Reportedly Had 8 Mins of Footage Focused On Bengals' Sideline


The New England Patriots are in some hot water after an incident at Sunday's game. ESPN was first to report on the story.

The crew was reportedly filming a segment for an advance scout whose assignment was in Cleveland to scout the Bengals ahead of New England's game against them this Sunday.

And what's up with the Patriots being in the news again about filming another team's sidelines? They said that the film crew wasn't aware of league rules and unintentionally violated NFL policy by filming the Bengals sideline.

"When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully", they added.

That being said, Schwartz would say that if the Patriots are doing anything nefarious, it would be them trying to link up the sound of the coaches on the Bengals' sidelines to see if there's any indication of a play call or what's coming next from the audio.

The Patriots organization released a statement saying its video team was shooting a behind-the-scenes feature on the Patriots scouting staff at FirstEnergy Stadium for a series called "Do Your Job". The sole objective of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. "There was no intention of using the footage for any other goal".

"Since that's [Spygate] happened, I'd say we've tried to keep a good distance behind the line and not maybe take it as far as we would might have in the past".

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI earlier Monday that the team's football operations has nothing to do with the production side and that their scouts know the rules about what you can't film at games. "Or what their projects are and everything else".

"One of the things I've learned is you don't draw a conclusion until you have all the information", Goodell said. The Bengals are due to play the Patriots Sunday.

In 2007, the Patriots were accused of taping the New York Jets defensive coordinator's signals in.

Belichick's Patriots were previously involved with other competitive advantage investigations, including Spygate and Deflategate.

Are the 10-3 Patriots so anxious about beating the 1-12 Bengals this week that they would risk forfeiting another first-round draft pick and possibly million of dollars in fines in another "Spygate?"

In 2015, the "Deflate-gate" scandal marred the Patriots' Super Bowl victory after the team were fined $1m (£642,000) by the National Football League and quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games after an inquiry into under-inflated balls.