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Broncos, McDaniels apologize for staffer taping 49ers

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Shortly after the NFL announced that the Broncos franchise and head coach Josh McDaniels had each been fined $50,000 for a videotaping infraction, both the team and the coach issued apologies.

I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London,” McDaniels said. “The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.”

The team’s official statement did not mention former director of video operations Steve Scarnecchia by name, but it did make clear that the team believes Scarnecchia acted alone in taping the 49ers’ walk-through practice last month, even as it acknowledged that McDaniels should have reported Scarnecchia’s infraction immediately.

“The Denver Broncos and I, as the Owner, believe in the integrity of the National Football League and fair competition and do not, in any way, condone this type of behavior,” Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said. “The fact that an employee of the Denver Broncos would take such action is personally disappointing to me. I apologize to all affected by this incident. This employee is no longer with the organization.”

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25 Responses to “Broncos, McDaniels apologize for staffer taping 49ers”
  1. andyprough says: Nov 27, 2010 2:25 PM

    McDaniels and Goodell should both be fired right away.

    What a shebacle! Why would the commissioner let these SpyGate rats run around the league for years, running their little schemes?

  2. FoozieGrooler says: Nov 27, 2010 2:29 PM

    Once a Patriot, always a Patriot.
    Cheating’s in their blood, they can’t help it.

  3. richm2256 says: Nov 27, 2010 2:29 PM

    I don’t ever want to hear another Donk’s fan come on here and talk about “Cheatriot’s” and “Spygate”, ever again. Ever.

    Your team did it, when everyone – especially Josh McDaniel’s – should have known better, and THEY DIDN’T EVEN WIN, against the freaking FORTY NINER’S for Pete’s sakes!!!!!

    Not another word from you clowns about New England.

  4. eskinsux says: Nov 27, 2010 2:30 PM

    Yeah…….this sounds believable

  5. thedrivasreport says: Nov 27, 2010 2:32 PM

    I would think that McDaniels wouldn’t be caught anywhere near anything like this being one of Bill Belichick’s guys.
    I guess the douche apple doesn’t fall far from the douche tree.

  6. laxer37 says: Nov 27, 2010 2:33 PM

    At least the Patroits got some wins as a result of their cheating.

    The Broncos cheat and still get their doors blown off.

  7. tdk24 says: Nov 27, 2010 2:46 PM

    And what team did he used to coach for? Take away a first round draft pick now please.

  8. meattuperello says: Nov 27, 2010 2:47 PM

    McDaniels and integrity? He’s never met the word.

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Nov 27, 2010 2:50 PM

    Scarnecchia – Hung out to dry, indeed.

  10. lgreen44 says: Nov 27, 2010 2:54 PM

    Really. Is there anybody out ther that actually believes this didn’t happen completely out of pure intention? Nice apology. Too late. Are we idiots?

  11. dolfan34 says: Nov 27, 2010 3:00 PM

    What’s the surprise here? This guy and McDaniels did this in New England and they’ve continued it in Denver. McDaniels is running the organization into the ground. I only hope that this is the final strwa and it costs him his jo too. The apology is weak. Like Tiger Woods he got caught cheating yet again.

  12. dsims7 says: Nov 27, 2010 3:02 PM

    Maybe he took lessons from the Patriots?

  13. raiders4life says: Nov 27, 2010 3:13 PM

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree now does it. Bill Belichick, Jr. (McDaniels) is only doing exactly what daddy taught him. Todd Haley, if you haven’t learned anything from papa or little brother then you should.

  14. fin72 says: Nov 27, 2010 3:21 PM

    “The Denver Broncos and I, as the Owner, believe in the integrity of the National Football League and fair competition and do not, in any way, condone this type of behavior,” Broncos President and CEO Pat Bowlen said.
    __________________________________

    Really Pat… Is that why the NFL fined you a million dollars and took away a third-round draft pick in 2005 when it discovered you were circumventing the salary cap during the years your team was winning Super Bowls in the mid-to-late 90’s?

  15. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 27, 2010 3:30 PM

    Only an idiot would be outraged by this or think this was cheating. Basically, some dude (Scarnechia) was present with a camera, let it roll, nobody viewed it…end of story. Can’t believe all the morons getting their panties in a bunch over this.

  16. goldrush36 says: Nov 27, 2010 3:33 PM

    Is there really any doubt that this was intentional? I mean come on now. He’s a direct disciple of Bill Bellicheat, and the antics that have gone on in New England. That would have to be pretty amazing coincidence

  17. broncofanssuck says: Nov 27, 2010 3:34 PM

    The Broncos cheated the salary cap both years they “won” the salary cap and now this they are addicted to cheating. They should be kicked out of the NFL.

  18. broncofanssuck says: Nov 27, 2010 3:37 PM

    Everyone is blaming the Patriots but forgetting the Super Bowl salary cap cheating Bronco organization.

  19. mcdeezznuts says: Nov 27, 2010 3:41 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 27, 2010 2:29 PM
    I don’t ever want to hear another Donk’s fan come on here and talk about “Cheatriot’s” and “Spygate”, ever again. Ever.

    Your team did it, when everyone – especially Josh McDaniel’s – should have known better, and THEY DIDN’T EVEN WIN, against the freaking FORTY NINER’S for Pete’s sakes!!!!!

    Not another word from you clowns about New England.
    ————————-

    Patriots are CHEATERS CHEATERS CHEATERS CHEATERS.

    And I’m blaming you a**holes for McD too. Its because we always beat you guys that you felt it would be a good idea to bring a fake coach into the organization and turn it into a disaster!

    Just kidding but chill out man. I never called the Pats cheaters but seriously, its not as big of a deal because, like you pointed out in CAPS, we don’t win, and we’re not about to win a Super Bowl. We had one tape and WE reported it to the league.

    Everyone freaking out: Eff off! We aren’t good. Take away a draft pick? We didn’t hide it, why take away our only chance to be competitive in the future. If it happens again, or if we were caught rather than turning ourselves in, then the fines and discipline better pour in because our fans do not want to deal with this crap. We have enough problems and would like to see our team play with integrity and not cheat.

    Don’t punish the fans right now. We already hurt bad enough.

  20. polegojim says: Nov 27, 2010 3:59 PM

    Sure Foozie, and so is WINNING, with and without video.

    Thanks for playing though.

  21. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Nov 27, 2010 4:15 PM

    We now know how the Broncos started the season 6-0 last year. Man, can that guy Belichick coach.

  22. terrellgarcia says: Nov 27, 2010 4:15 PM

    McDaniels said. “The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself……… I don’t believe a word out of his mouth.
    If McDaniels had any integrity at all, he would have reported the incident immediately.
    Pat Bowlen should accept the fact that that he made a mistake in hiring McDaniels. Fire McDaniels, accept the mistake, and let’s move forward.

    As I mentioned in a previous reply on a different site, McDaniels lacks experience, great decision making, and leadership. You can now add integrity to the list.

  23. atlien698 says: Nov 27, 2010 4:45 PM

    NFL Network has footage of McDaniels initial response to the allegations. He was heard saying “All we’re trying to do is win a MF game”

    Oh wait…

  24. lowleadman says: Nov 27, 2010 5:04 PM

    For all of the children posting about Patriots this, Belichek that, have you forgotten two things?

    One, this is about the Denver Broncos, not the Pats, oh jealous wannabees.

    Two, the Pats don’t give a rat’s ass that you continue to play immature schoolyard crap. They are 9-2 on the way to 10-2 during a rebuilding year no less, and, well, your team isn’t.

    Tom Goldilocks and the Three White Amigos…coming to a stadium near you. Brady and three little white guys are out here kicking your team’s ass…that must really make your blood boil, huh? C’mon. More Spygate crap. Bring it on, because every time that you do, we know what you really mean. Bwaaaahaaaaahaaaa.

  25. mistrezzrachael says: Nov 27, 2010 6:43 PM

    Ummm..Where is the first round draft choice being taken away???

    Where is the $500,000 fine to Head Coach??..Where is the $250,000 fine to team??

    Because this is SECOND serious offense for Broncos….shouldn’t it be more serious consequences ???

    The guy came from jets…where this was commonplace.

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