- Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told reporters on Monday that the NFL was investigating the New England Patriots over an incident that took place in the press box during Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
- According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots were filming their advance scout as a part of the team’s “Do Your Job” series and were credentialed by the Browns.
- An official for the Bengals saw a crew member in Patriots gear and informed the league of the incident. The league has since confiscated the video.
- According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots had not informed the Bengals or the league that they would be filming, leading to the confusion.
- The Patriots were infamously fined and docked their first-round draft pick in 2008 after the filming scandal that became known as “Spygate” among the media and NFL fans.
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The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots after an awkward encounter between one of the team’s advance scouts and a Cincinnati Bengals official in the press box of Sunday’s game between Cincinnati and Cleveland.
While speaking with reporters on Monday, the Bengals coach Zac Taylor was asked by the colour commentator Dave Lapham about the incident. “I’m aware that there was an incident,” Taylor said, according to ESPN. “But I know the league is investigating it, so I’ve got no comment on it.”
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was asked about a rumor that a Patriots scout was filming the Bengals sideline on Sunday. Taylor had no comment other than "the league is investigating it." @WLWT #Bengals pic.twitter.com/UyBpWeLAmg
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) December 9, 2019
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the advance scout was not filming the Bengals, but rather being filmed for a feature entitled “Do Your Job” that the team produces. The series covers a day in the life of different members of the Patriots organisation. Schefter added that the video crew was credentialed by the Browns.
When an official for the Bengals, who are playing New England next week, saw one of the crew members wearing Patriots gear, he alerted the league. According to Schefter, The NFL confiscated the video.
Patriots’ advance scout was not filming but being filmed, per a league source. He was being filmed for a feature the team produced called, "Do Your Job." The video crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video in the press box and their PR person was aware, per the source
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 9, 2019
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport offered a similar explanation, saying that while the Patriots informed the Browns of their plan to be filming, they did not inform the Bengals or the league, leading to the confusion.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 9, 2019
Despite their explanation, the Patriots story will undoubtedly get an extra bit of scrutiny from the league. The team was punished in 2007 after the league found it to be videotaping the New York Jets sidelines in what became known as “Spygate” among the NFL media and fans.
The Patriots were forced to give up their first-round draft pick in 2008. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was also fined $US500,000, while the team was fined an additional $US250,000.
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