Patriots Admit Video Crew Violated League Policy, Unintentionally


The team has denied any wrongdoing and said the video team was filming a segment about working as an advanced scout. ESPN was first to report on the story.

Overall, the guys want to see all the facts come out before they leap to the conclusion that the Patriots were up to something fishy by filming the Bengals ahead of their Week 15 game.

Spygate fueled a distrust of the Patriots that persisted when the team was accused of illegally deflating the footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game.

Belichick says he was not involved and was unaware of what happened during the Bengals' game last weekend in Cleveland.

In a statement, the team acknowledged that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline as the Bengals played the Cleveland Browns.

"We accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game", the statement said. Taylor said he was aware of the incident and that the league was investigating. The team explained that they were sent there to film for a series called Do Your Job, which includes "behind-the-scenes features on various departments within the organization" for

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"The sole goal of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road", the Patriots said. "There was no intention of using footage for any other goal". According to The Athletic, the video shows a "direct view" of the Bengals sideline and is focused there the entire time, which seems to contradict what the Patriots said in their Monday night statement about shadowing a scout for a website profile.

After initially dismissing the "Spygate" allegations, coach Bill Belichick apologized and the National Football League fined him $500,000 and the team $250,000, as well as forcing them to give up a first-round draft pick. "Or what their projects are and everything else". New England also was docked its first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. "Again, I have nothing to do with TV production shows".

"One of the things I've learned is you don't draw conclusions until you have all the information", Goodell said when asked for his thoughts on the Patriots' explanation.

The Bengals and Patriots play Sunday in Cincinnati. In 2007, the Patriots were caught taping the Jets' signals, an incident that became known as Spygate.

While there are no other accusations against the Patriots involving this latest rumor, it's obviously not a good look for a franchise that is being plagued by its current situation involving the Bengals.