Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

National Football League takes draft pick, fines Patriots for filming Bengals bench

Belichick Kraft Report: NFL hands down penalties to Patriots for filming Bengals game
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 05:45

The NFL fined the New England Patriots $1.1 million and took away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft among the punishments for their television crew's filming the field and sideline during a December 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

According to NFL spokesman Michael Signora, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and will lose a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Senior team officials must undergo training about National Football League operations and game policies, according to multiple reports.

ESPN first reported the penalties.

The taping incident occurred December 8 as the Bengals played the Cleveland Browns, a week before the Patriots were scheduled to play Cincinnati.

The Bengals played the Browns Dec. 8 in Cleveland, before hosting the Patriots the next week on December 15.

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The filming took place without specific knowledge of league rules, a statement said.

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. Mondillo was suspended by the Patriots during the NFL's investigation and was sacked by New England before the league's discipline.

The Patriots acknowledged the crew violated league rules - unknowingly, they say. 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.

Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games, and the team was fined $1m and docked another first-round draft pick.