Major news struck the NFL world on Monday afternoon, when reports came out about the New England Patriots’ videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals sideline during Sunday’s game. While there is still plenty of uncertainty surrounding this situation, additional details have just emerged.
A New England scout was in attendance for the Bengals’ clash with the Cleveland Browns this past weekend. According to the Patriots, the scout was there so he could film for the team’s documentary series “Do Your Job.”
In a statement on Monday, the Patriots admit that a production crew inappropriately filmed the field – and possibly the Cincinnati sideline.
Per a report from The Athletic, the tape shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on the Bengals’ sideline.
"According to sources who have viewed the tape, it shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on recording the Bengals’ sideline." Again, consistent with what the #Patriots have been saying. Now what the league thinks about this, I guess we'll soon find out. https://t.co/9ra9Y55RkO
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) December 10, 2019
NFL Network’s Mike Giardi said this report is consistent with what the Patriots have been saying about the footage. However, the league will get the final say on whether or not the team should get punished.
Bill Belichick already denied responsibility, saying he has “absolutely nothing to do” with it.
This obviously isn’t the first time that New England is being accused of cheating. Over the years we’ve witnessed several scandals involving the six-time champions.
New England faces Cincinnati this weekend, which adds intrigue to this storyline.