Patriots punished harshly for spying on Browns-Bengals game at FirstEnergy Stadium

Paola Ditto
Luglio 1, 2020

The illegal filming procedure took place during a December 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

The NFL came down hard on the Patriots, docking them $1.1 million, a 2021 draft pick and the rights for the television crew to film games in 2020.

The Patriots had not issued a statement as of Monday morning about the penalties, though a spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that the team would not appeal. The incident happened during Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals when the Patriots illegally taped their sideline.

The Patriots beat the Bengals 34-13 during Week 15 during the 2019 season.

The team's statement added that, while they were granted credentials for the crew from the Browns, the failure to inform the Bengals and the league was an unintended oversight. "When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully".

"The sole goal of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road", a Patriots statement said at the time.

In December, the team acknowledged that the Kraft Sports Production video crew broke a rule. After suspicions were raised that the Patriots had violated an NFL rule, the league launched an investigation. He was stripped of a first-round pick and fined $500,000 after Spygate - while Tom Brady took a major hit with Deflategate. I think if there's no history maybe it just goes away - it's not a team like the Patriots that has got the attention it has, maybe it just goes away.

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