The New England Patriots are admitting fault.
The New England Patriots decided to get ahead of the league by releasing a statement on the videotaping incident on Sunday in Cincinnati.
As stated earlier today, the team says the three-person video team sent to Cincinnati to film for the team’s “Do Your Job” series but admits there was inappropriate video taken, which they took full responsibility for.
“On Sunday, Dec. 8, the content team sent a three-person video crew to the Bengals-Browns game at FirstEnergy Stadium in order to capture one part of a longer feature on the Patriots scouting department, in this case a Patriots pro personnel scout while he was working in the press box,” the statement from the team said. “While we sought and were granted credentialed access from the Cleveland Browns for the video crew, our failure to inform the Bengals and the League was an unintended oversight. In addition to filming the scout, the production crew — without specific knowledge of League rules — inappropriately filmed the field from the press box. The sole purpose of the filming twas to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. We understand and acknowledge that our video crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box.”
They made sure to state that there was “no intention” of using the footage for anything else, given their history of cheating allegations.
The video crew “immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully” when approached by the league over this matter.
We shall see what happens from here.