The tale of the Patriots’ tape continues.
Less than 24 hours after New England admitted to breaking NFL rules when a video crew shot footage of the field from inside a press box during Sunday’s Bengals-Browns game, claiming the violation was inadvertent, it appears the video in question “shows about eight minutes of footage focusing on recording the Bengals’ sideline,” according to The Athletic.
The report, which cited unnamed sources who claimed to have seen the footage, said the clip also features “a direct view of the sideline as players run on and off the field and coaches make signals for plays.”
The Patriots face the 1-12 Bengals on Sunday.
In a statement released Monday night, the Patriots took responsibility for their “failure to inform” the Bengals and the NFL of the presence of the video crew after getting credentials from the Browns. The Patriots said the video was intended to document “an advance scout at work on the road” and they had “no intention of using the footage for any other purpose.”
ESPN reported the video was shot with a Bengals representative close by, and the footage was later confiscated by the league.
Coach Bill Belichick discussed the controversy Monday on WEEI, denying any involvement.
“Yeah, I heard about this. You know, evidently this is our production people on the TV show that were there. We have nothing to do with anything they produce,” Belichick said. “I’ve never even seen their tapes. This is something we had 100 percent nothing to do with.”
In the Patriots video scandal known as Spygate, the team had to give up a first-round draft pick and paid multiple six-figure fines after being found guilty of filming the Jets’ defensive coaching signals in September 2007.
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