The New England Patriots have released an official statement on the brewing filming controversy from this past weekend’s Cincinnati Bengals game against the Cleveland Browns.
In the statement, the Patriots admit that a production crew “independent of [our] football operation” inappropriately filmed the field, and presumably the Cincinnati sideline. The crew was on site filming a feature on a team advance scout for the Patriots’ web content series “Do Your Job.”
The Patriots play the Bengals this coming Sunday. The scout being featured for the episode of “Do Your Job” was in Cleveland to report on the Bengals.
While adamantly denying any football staff member was aware of what happened, the Patriots also accepted “full responsibility” for the impropriety.
“While we sought and were granted credentialed access from the Cleveland Browns for the video crew, our failure to inform the Bengals and the League was an unintended oversight,” the statement reads. “In addition to filming the scout, the production crew – without specific knowledge of League rules – inappropriately filmed the field from the press box. The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road. There was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose. We understand and acknowledge that our video crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box. When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully.”
Statement from the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/rhXdwVvnr8
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 10, 2019
So, is New England telling the truth here. Or is this all just a convenient excuse for something more nefarious?
They aren’t going to get the benefit of the doubt from many people, that’s for sure.