With this week’s NFL action about to begin tomorrow night, the league is currently conducting an investigation of the Patriots’ videotape from last Sunday. The defending champions inappropriately filmed the Bengals’ sideline.
New England has stated multiple times that its crew was filming for its web content series “Do Your Job.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. When asked about the investigation, he said “You know everything you should know.”
The Athletic is reporting that the tape shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on the Bengals’ sideline. Although the NFL wants to move quickly with its investigation, the Patriots are still waiting for a resolution.
According to Mark Maske of The Washington Post, the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots has not been completed as of this morning.
The league reportedly doesn’t believe this scandal rises to the level of a Spygate-type infraction.
NFL's investigation of the Patriots' video was not completed as of this morning so no determination yet on possible penalty. League's attitude that this does not rise to the level of a Spygate-like infraction does not seem to have changed as of this morning.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) December 11, 2019
It’s still too early to determine if New England will receive a harsh punishment for its actions. However, the franchise does have a history of being involved in investigations similar to this.
The Patriots will play the Bengals this weekend. We’ll see if the NFL makes a decision before these two teams battle on Sunday.