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NFL issues press statement refuting that punishment is looming for Patriots

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NFL issues press statement refuting that punishment is looming for Patriots

NFL issues press statement refuting that punishment is looming for Patriots

The National Football League NFL issued a statement following Adam Schefter’s earlier reporting, calling it “pure speculation” that the New England Patriots are facing punishment over a taping scandal.

The league said its investigation into the matter remains ongoing: “There has been no discussion of any potential discipline.”

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The New England Patriots are expected to be punished by the NFL for taping the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The NFL released the following statement, which Schefter shared on Twitter:

“The investigation is ongoing and there has been no discussion of any potential discipline. Any suggestion of potential discipline or a timeline on an announcement is pure speculation.”

The league determined the Patriots committed a game-day violation and has been under investigation by the league after the Bengals’ security team confronted a cameraman working for Kraft Sports Productions who was taping Cincinnati’s sideline. The Patriots claim that cameraman was working on a documentary for the team called “Do Your Job.”

The cameraman reportedly filmed the Bengals’ sideline for eight minutes, and when confronted, he offered to delete the footage. The Patriots suspended that cameraman, who claimed he had no intention of sharing that video with the Patriots. The league has not found evidence linking Bill Belichick or the Patriots’ football staff to the incident.

Despite that, the Patriots could still face punishment for the video. While it’s unclear what punishment the team will face, Schefter laid out some possibilities, including the team losing a draft pick.

Based on that, the Patriots could face the same punishment they received during the original Spygate. That scandal resulted in New England being fined $250,000 and losing a first-round draft pick in 2008.

“The production crew is independent of our football operation. While aware that one of the scouts was being profiled for a ‘Do Your Job’ episode, our football staff had no other involvement whatsoever in the planning, filming or creative decisions made during the production of these features,” read the Patriots’ statement. “We accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game.”

According to the team’s statement, the sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road and there was no intention of using the footage for any other purpose.

The Patriots said they sought and were granted credentialed access from the Browns for the video crew but did not inform the Bengals and the NFL, which they called an “unintended oversight.”

When questioned about their filming, the crew cooperated fully and immediately turned over all footage to the league, according to the statement from the Patriots.

A new report from the Washington Post published Wednesday said the NFL’s investigation into the incident had not turned up any evidence implicating head coach Bill Belichick or the team’s football staff in the violation.

NFL issues press statement refuting that punishment is looming for Patriots
NFL issues press statement refuting that punishment is looming for Patriots

As a basis for the potential punishment, Schefter provided two recent examples.

In 2015, former Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer was suspended four games without pay for texting team personnel, who were on the sideline, from the press box during the 2014 season. The Browns were also fined $250,000 for the violation.

Also in 2015, the Atlanta Falcons lost a 2016 fifth-round draft pick and were fined $350,000 for piping in artificial crowd noise during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Team President Rich McKay was also suspended from the NFL’s competition committee.

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In 2007, the Patriots were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive play calls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium. New England went on to win the game 38-14.

The Patriots were forced to forfeit their first-round draft pick in 2008, Belichick was fined the maximum amount of $500,000 and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for the scandal, which was dubbed “Spygate” by the media.

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