Patriots Acknowledge Wrong Doing In What's Being Called "Spygate Part Two"
FOXBORO, Mass. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick commented on Tuesday on what some are calling "Spygate Part Two."
The team has acknowledged violating NFL rules by filming the sideline of the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland on Sunday, but said that the film was not used to gain an illegal advantage ahead of the upcoming game against Cincinnati.
"The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road," a statement from the Patriots read. "There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose."
The team added that the production crew was "independent of our football operation."
A source tells me a Bengals employee was watching the videographer/cameraman who identified himself as a Robert Kraft employee. The Bengals employee kept an eye on that monitor, the shot was of the Bengals coaches and staff on the sidelines for the entire 1st quarter.
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) December 9, 2019
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said yesterday that neither he nor anyone on his staff has viewed the video, which the team says was being taken by an in-house production staff for a web series.
The NFL is reportedly investigating the matter.
At the beginning of the 2007 season, the Patriots were caught videotaping the New York Jets coaches' hand signals during a game. The scandal became known as Spygate. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined Belichick $500,000, while the team was fined $250,000 and lost a first-round draft pick.
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