The NFL’s investigation on the New England Patriots had hit a new obstacle on Tuesday morning.
The investigation began on Monday when several reports came out stating that a Patriots employee recorded the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline in their matchup with the Cleveland Browns. Even though the employee had been credentialed by the Browns, the Patriots failed to tell the Bengals or the league about this.
The Patriots released a statement shortly afterwards that took responsibility of their production team inappropriately recorded the field from the press box.
On Tuesday morning, The Athletic reported that the Patriots have eight minutes of footage that’s focused in on the Bengals’ sideline.
“According to sources who have viewed the tape, it shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on recording the Bengals’ sideline. It’s a direct view of the sideline as players run on and off the field and coaches make signals for plays.”
While the investigation is still ongoing, head coach Bill Belichick has already distanced himself away from all of it by denying any involvement during a radio interview on Monday.
“As I understand it, they were taping him — trying to show kind of what an advanced scout does,” Belichick said. “A scout can’t film the opponents as an advanced scout. Our video people are not even allowed to point the camera at the opponents in pregame warmups or their side of the field or anything else to test out their equipment. They 100 percent know — all of our scouts and all of our video people — what that is. Again, I have nothing to do with TV production shows.”
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