The Pats appear to be up to their old shenanigans again!
The New England Patriots released a statement Monday night in an attempt to clarify an earlier report from ESPN’s Diana Russini that a team-credentialed videographer was not in fact filming the Bengals’s sideline during the first quarter of last week’s Cincinnati-Cleveland game for competitive advantage purposes.
The team says that a production staffer was filming an episode of the team’s “Do Your Job” series for Patriots.com, focusing on the role of an advance scout.
According to the team, the member of 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 the footage to the league and cooperated fully… We accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game.”New England Patriots
So the Patriots filmed the sidelines of a game between the Bengals and Browns……. WTF?
Shooting a story on advance scouts?….. Riiiiight!