The New England Patriots defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 34-13 on Sunday, but the game became a major storyline due to an employee of the Patriots recording the Bengals sideline as they took on the Cleveland Browns last week.
On Sunday, the team went ahead and suspended the videographer who filmed the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline during last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns, the Boston Globe’s Ben Volin and Katie McInerney report.
David Mondillo, who is a supervising producer for Kraft Sports and Entertainment, released a statement on the Pats’ filming of the Bengals sideline.
“I had no intention to provide footage to football operations, I did not provide any footage, and I was never asked to do so,” Mondillo said in his lengthy statement.
Mondillo also stated that prior to the game that “obtained permission and received credentials and a parking pass for Sunday’s game.”
This statement comes on the heels of Jay Glazer of Fox Sports dropping footage of the Patriots filming the Bengals and the confrontation that ensued between Bengals security and the videographer:
A staffer could be heard saying “I don’t see the advanced scout in any of this video they’re shooting,” and a member of the Bengals security saying, “the damage is done, my friend.”
The Patriots previously claimed their filiming was for the NFL’s Do Your Job video series showing behind-the-scenes footage of different members of the organization:
The franchise could be facing fines and possible loss of draft picks once the NFL’s investigation is over with.