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Patriots apparently didn’t violate new rules with tweet of game highlight

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 09: Martellus Bennett #88 of the New England Patriots reacts after a seven-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

With so much of the coverage regarding the league’s revised social-media policy focusing on the penalties and the thou-shalt-nots, many are now conditioned to believe that any and all in-game posting of highlights constitutes a violation of the rules.

On Sunday, several readers pointed out that the Patriots posted on the team’s official Twitter page the highlight of the third touchdown connection from Tom Brady to Martellus Bennett. Based on the memos distributed last week, however, it appears that no violation occurred.

Teams may re-post highlights posted by the NFL’s official Twitter page, even within the window from kickoff through 60 minutes after the conclusion of the game during which the general ban applies.

If the NFL hadn’t posted the highlight at the league’s official Twitter page, the Patriots couldn’t have posted the highlight on the team’s Twitter page. Once the league posted it, the Patriots had a green light.

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36 Responses to “Patriots apparently didn’t violate new rules with tweet of game highlight”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 9, 2016 4:23 PM

    The Patriots broke the rules on the sameday Tom Shady returned…NO WAY!

  2. pastabelly says: Oct 9, 2016 4:25 PM

    The NFL just cannot get out of its own way sometimes.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Oct 9, 2016 4:27 PM

    Wait, what? The Patriots didn’t cheat? That is news.

  4. knowspinzone says: Oct 9, 2016 4:27 PM

    Yea Roger, I got your twitter right here!

  5. maust1013 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Somewhere deep in the bowels of 345 Park Ave they are still trying to find something actionable there

  6. magnumpimustache says: Oct 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Bradys back.

    And angry.

    See you in the AFC CG

  7. coreycroom says: Oct 9, 2016 4:33 PM

    Eyeroll

  8. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 9, 2016 4:33 PM

    Patriots doing something disgraceful, never.

  9. sportzfan says: Oct 9, 2016 4:34 PM

    By all means, don’t let rules get in the way of a good framejob attempt of a story against the Patriots. Have at it haters.

  10. maumontav5 says: Oct 9, 2016 4:34 PM

    Why does the NFL hate its best team?

  11. weepingjebus says: Oct 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    I hope we did. Nothing reinforces our greatness like teams blaming us for tweets and too much sunlight on the visitor’s bench. The utter triviality of your teams makes me laugh.

  12. getakluwe says: Oct 9, 2016 4:38 PM

    But of course, there were undoubtedly others that were because of Belicheat****

  13. LSUStrong says: Oct 9, 2016 4:43 PM

    The article explicitly points out how they did not ‘break the rules’. As usual the “cheater” crowd ignores the facts.

  14. thescooterscore says: Oct 9, 2016 4:44 PM

    stop the presses.

  15. tedmurph says: Oct 9, 2016 4:50 PM

    I think the Patriots got defensive signals from the Browns bench in the background of the Bennett TD photo. They were then encrypted, and sent directly to Ernie Adams, where they were quickly deciphered and used to win the game. That’s the only reason they win all them games, don’t ja know. I really believe that.

  16. goodguyattorney says: Oct 9, 2016 4:52 PM

    This is insanity.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 9, 2016 4:55 PM

    maumontav5 | Oct 9, 2016, 4:34 PM EDT
    Why does the NFL hate its best team?

    It’s easy, you keep the most arrogant little boys mad and you generate social media activity for the league because god knows the Pat’s brats like some whine.

  18. chippys lost binky says: Oct 9, 2016 4:59 PM

    Just drives the whiners crazy that NE is the smartest kid I the room. I love it

  19. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 9, 2016 5:03 PM

    Also confirming the Patriots did not travel into the future to get a look at the browns defensive’ scheme.

    Thanks again to the gutless wonder (looking at you mort) for either being a witless dupe or duplicitous scum. You started a mess we may never get clean again. Nice to see you’re felling better and are back to work. Nice sympathy angle while your time waiting for the heat to die down.

    Tell the truth before it’s too late.

  20. janneywheels says: Oct 9, 2016 5:03 PM

    I sorta wish this was a violation so we could hear salty fans try to explain how this gave the Pats an unfair advantage.

  21. the8man says: Oct 9, 2016 5:06 PM

    I dunno. If I’m the owner of a $2 billion franchise, I don’t think I let some Park Avenue geek tell me what to do.

    Unless of course, I have directed him to tell me what to do.

  22. lovesports498 says: Oct 9, 2016 5:15 PM

    magnumpimustache says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:30 PM

    Bradys back.

    And angry.

    This is such a ridiculous comment. Angry people make mistakes. Show me Brady’s mistakes on Sunday.

    I am a Pats fan and delighted that he is back, but I am so tired of people writing “He feels this or he feels that”. Go write some pulp fiction if you want to, but stop attributing it to real people.

  23. danceformemarionetteboy says: Oct 9, 2016 5:21 PM

    chippys lost binky says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:59 PM

    Just drives the whiners crazy that NE is the smartest kid I the room. I love it

    Apparently, in your room, it wouldn’t be difficult.

  24. 12thmangohawks says: Oct 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    Why does the NFL hate its best team?

    The story isn’t about the Seahawks moron.

  25. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 6:46 PM

    Seems like all the NFL does these days is make rules, hand down punishments, conduct investigations and issue rulings. I still remember when it was just a sports league and not a judicial/legislative body, but that seems like a long time ago

  26. sportschatterdotco says: Oct 9, 2016 8:38 PM

    LSUStrong says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:43 PM
    The article explicitly points out how they did not ‘break the rules’. As usual the “cheater” crowd ignores the facts.

    ——
    it’s actually right in the title…only had to read 6 words to not look dumb and yet…

    typical for our trolls tho

  27. alcottclan235 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:21 PM

    12thmangohawks says:

    Oct 9, 2016 4:33 PM
    Patriots doing something disgraceful, never.
    ———————————————————————
    You mean like throw an interception from the one yard line to lose the superbowl? You Mad Bro?

  28. mmack66 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:42 PM

    sportschatterdotco says:
    Oct 9, 2016 8:38 PM

    LSUStrong says:
    Oct 9, 2016 4:43 PM
    The article explicitly points out how they did not ‘break the rules’. As usual the “cheater” crowd ignores the facts.

    ——
    it’s actually right in the title…only had to read 6 words to not look dumb and yet…

    typical for our trolls tho
    ———————————-

    They were only able to read the first word before they started foaming at the mouth and feverishly typing their delusional nonsense.

  29. ibillwt says: Oct 9, 2016 11:28 PM

    We’ll do what we damn well please. Pats have always been deep enough and smart enough to win through any chicken crap special new rules the league dreams up for them.

  30. nhpats says: Oct 10, 2016 2:18 PM

    12thmangohawks says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:57 PM
    Why does the NFL hate its best team?

    The story isn’t about the Seahawks moron.

    —————
    Don’t worry…..Brady will expose the Seahawks over-rated and porous secondary one again when they travel to NE. The only real questions is whether Richard Sherman will cry again…

  31. fjw2 says: Oct 10, 2016 2:59 PM

    12thmangohawks says:
    Oct 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    “The story isn’t about the Seahawks moron.”

    Which “Seahawks moron” would that be?

    Your missing comma makes all the difference.

  32. youknowiknowitall says: Oct 10, 2016 4:51 PM

    Rules, rules, rules. There are rules the way they are actually written and there are rules the way NFL HQ later wishes they had written them after NE exploits HQ’s inability to get it right in the first place. However, regardless of the written rule, we’ve all seen NFL HQ crookedly re-write history however they see fit to create a rules violation if they so crookedly choose for the sake of “integrity”.

  33. patscheat15 says: Oct 10, 2016 7:23 PM

    Don’t worry…..Brady will expose the Seahawks over-rated and porous secondary one again when they travel to NE. The only real questions is whether Richard Sherman will cry again…
    —————————————–
    Apparently, you did not watch the Maimi game? Ryan Tannehill shredded your defense in the second quarter, for almost 400 yards. Patriots fans like to ignore facts.

  34. switchwitch59 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:13 PM

    @patscheat15

    Love your user name, do the Patriots pay rent for all that space in your head or do you let them have it free of charge as you weren’t using it for anything anyway?

  35. patsrule59 says: Oct 12, 2016 10:45 AM

    They DIDN’T violate the rules?

    Well then, obviously the rule needs to be changed so that they ARE in violation of it. Right, Roger?

  36. davedsone says: Oct 12, 2016 12:58 PM

    Lots of Trump voters here, I see. Bombast above substance, facts, or reality. If you believe something is true, then it is.

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