It looked like the New England Patriots were back to their old cheating ways when it was reported on Monday that a reporter asked Bengals head coach Zac Taylor about an incident involving a New England Patriots employee videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals’ play calls during their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Monday he was “aware there was an incident” and “the league was investigating it.”
Social media went crazy, but then the actual truth came out as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots employee was not filming, rather being filmed for a feature the team produced called, “Do Your Job.”
The Browns knew about the employee and even credentialed the scout for the game, but that information did not make it to the Bengals or the NFL.
The film crew was only shooting the scout in the press box for b-roll footage. The Bengals got nervous when they saw the crew and reported the incident to the NFL. The Patriots are cooperating with the NFL and have turned in all footage.
All of this looks like a big misunderstanding.
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