Patriots video producer: I was not asked to provide footage to football operations

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The producer responsible for taking the video footage of the Bengals sideline for the Patriots during last Sunday’s game released a statement on Sunday.

David Mondillo is a supervising producer for Kraft Sports and Entertainment on a project to profile one of the teams pro scouts. In the statement, he said that he took footage of the field in order to convey what the scout sees from the press box and that he stopped shooting immediately when asked to stop filming by Bengals security.

“I had no intention to provide footage to football operations, I did not provide any footage, and I was never asked to do so,” Mondillo said in the statement.

Video of that exchange with Bengals security was shown on FOX during Sunday’s pregame show. The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that Mondillo has been suspended in light of last week’s actions, which the Patriots have acknowledged as a violation of league policy.

UPDATE 11:04 p.m. ET: Mondillo issued this statement on his own, without any involvement from the team. The team didn’t even know the statement was being issued.

47 responses to “Patriots video producer: I was not asked to provide footage to football operations

  1. I work as a video journalist. I shoot b-roll to tell stories. There is no way he would need 7 minutes of a sideline to tell a scout story.

    If you dont believe me think of how long a cut away scene usually is in sports profile.

  2. Common sense would be to strip them off every single win including postseason wins and all their Lombardis during the belichick era.

    The NFL needs to send a message that cheating won’t be tolerated

  3. BB knows this team is on its last run, and he’ll do anything to try to extend it. No more Gronk, no more Brady after this year, and no more playoffs…..of course playing in that weak AFC east division who knows what could happen.

  4. thebirdofprey says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    I work as a video journalist. I shoot b-roll to tell stories. There is no way he would need 7 minutes of a sideline to tell a scout story.

    If you dont believe me think of how long a cut away scene usually is in sports profile
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    Other video journalists disagree – perhaps they are better than you?

  5. They’ll strip them of their super bowl titles as soon as the Broncos vacate their wins for circumventing the salary cap in the late nineties, the Seahawks for leading the lead in PED suspensions in 2013, the Steelers for lying about Ben Roethlisberger’s injury on the injury report and Bill Cowher admitting to taping signals, the Cowboys for Jimmy Johnson admitting to taping signals during his tenure with the Cowboys, and the Ravens for the league allowing Lewis, who used Deer Antler spray, to play in Super Bowl XLVII.

  6. He’s been doing his job for 18 years and still doesn’t know not to point a camera at the sideline. 🤔

  7. FootballSeasonRules says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    They’ll strip them of their super bowl titles as soon as the Broncos vacate their wins for circumventing the salary cap in the late nineties, the Seahawks for leading the lead in PED suspensions in 2013, the Steelers for lying about Ben Roethlisberger’s injury on the injury report and Bill Cowher admitting to taping signals, the Cowboys for Jimmy Johnson admitting to taping signals during his tenure with the Cowboys, and the Ravens for the league allowing Lewis, who used Deer Antler spray, to play in Super Bowl XLVII.

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    Difference is patriots know opponents play call that makes a huge difference when you know the coming play it’s very easy to win

  8. Did I read that right, he works for “Kraft Sports..”, yea, and it wasn’t going to the team? Sure….
    Remember the quotes from 2005, after getting caught they were told to say “I was doing a video to promiote the team…”…

  9. thebirdofprey says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm
    I work as a video journalist. I shoot b-roll to tell stories. There is no way he would need 7 minutes of a sideline to tell a scout story.

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    You’re speculating on what others do.

  10. So the video is exactly what the scout sees – what is this ‘cheating secret’ if everybody and anybody can see it, take notes and steal signals whether you have film or not.
    Thousands of people are sitting in those seats every week and every game filming with their cell phones, and guess what, some are scouts without a doubt.

    This is equivalent to 1.5 PSI below league rules in a football = it has zero effect on the outcome of the game = zero.

  11. All week I heard former players and coaches say ” if the video shows the sideline and field and doesnt immediately show the scoreboard for time, down, and distance each play, then there is nothing there and the claim of a separate production will be true”. I didnt see any clock on the Glazer clip…did I miss anything, haters?

  12. Don’t you love once you are caught the excuses you can come up with. The NFL needs to step up and go after NE Pats

  13. Don’t tell me. His nickname is “The Spy.”

    Because he likes spy novels, of course.

  14. tired of the excuses
    The fans are fed up
    The NFL decision makers are dimwits and the Patriots know it

  15. If you are just fair and use common sense here, clearly there is nothing here.

    I also had no idea the still camera shot with no zooming of any kind, came fromm BEHIND the Bungles bench.

    You’re not going to see much with that, just like you can’t on the 22 tape.

    Learn the rules, people. Learn the facts and rules. This guy had nothing to do with team scouting whatsoever.

  16. thebirdofprey says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    I work as a video journalist. I shoot b-roll to tell stories. There is no way he would need 7 minutes of a sideline to tell a scout story.

    If you dont believe me think of how long a cut away scene usually is in sports profile.

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    Well, you’re a liar. I work in the industry and you’re 100% wrong. You also have no idea of the outline of the segment.

  17. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    He’s been doing his job for 18 years and still doesn’t know not to point a camera at the sideline. 🤔

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    He’s been a tv producer for that long. He didn’t say he worked in the NFL for that long. Man, you have some serious reading comprehension problems.

    There is nothing on that tape that isn’t on a 22 tape shot every week in the league. It’s also from BEHIND their bench. Very aggressive framejob attempt here by Cincy.

    Goodell best be careful here. Some of us know a bit too much for him to try to frame again.

  18. Jay Glazer already released some of the footage including the exchange between security and the Pats video guy. It’s…….. rather damaging to the Patriots

  19. Someone needed to coach this guy, like talking to the police.

    You just shut up and say ‘why are you bothering me/am I being detained’ — You dont sit there and act guilty like, ‘well hey man if I delete this here footage I dont even have a sim card, its all deleted, lets make a deal’

    Especially under belichicks team. You say ‘were onto Cincinatti, literally’ and thats it. Had he just stood there and not said anything or not tried to make a deal it would look like a technicality or a Bengals assistant TROLLING the Pats deliberately.
    Instead he broke down and insinuated he knew. Now even if they fire the guy it will look like a cover up.

  20. RGisvacuous says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    All week I heard former players and coaches say ” if the video shows the sideline and field and doesnt immediately show the scoreboard for time, down, and distance each play, then there is nothing there and the claim of a separate production will be true”. I didnt see any clock on the Glazer clip…did I miss anything, haters?

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    No, you’re not. I’m embarrassed to be a human and an American at this point. Goodell is a stooge and a moron.

    A normal commissioner would be telling Cincy and other AFC teams to knock it off at this point, as opposed to enabling this framejob behavior.

    Unreal.

  21. Lockport Lax says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Did I read that right, he works for “Kraft Sports..”, yea, and it wasn’t going to the team? Sure….
    Remember the quotes from 2005, after getting caught they were told to say “I was doing a video to promiote the team…”…

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    No, because it never happened. This is like believing the Rolling Stone article where BB told Hernandez to find a flop house at the Combine.

    Some of your people don’t deserve to own a computer. You’re so dumb it’s amazing.

    Just because your owner doesn’t put this kind of money into following the team, doesn’t mean NE is magically cheating.

    Listen to yourselves.

  22. This is nonsense… The guy screwed up. In no way did the “film” provide a competitive advantage for the Patriots. This is another example of how the truth is no longer determined by facts but rather by public outrage. The Bangles and many other teams in the league are crybabies.

  23. I wonder if the Pats gave him a sack o’ footballs as a parting gift for falling on his sword for the team.

  24. tylawspick6 says:

    I’m embarrassed to be a human and an American at this point.

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    Then go ahead and leave the country and the human race, Bub.
    Nobody here is gonna stop you.

  25. The videographers statement:
    “We went directly to the press box and set up our camera to get the footage we needed. We interviewed and shot the Patriots scout sitting in a chair watching the action and panned back and forth from him to what he was seeing on the sidelines. We also took footage of the field as the intent was to show what he was looking at when he looked through his binoculars watching the game.

    At that point, I went to the restroom and when I came back, my cameraman was told to stop shooting by someone from the NFL and he was joined by two others from the Bengals organization and an additional NFL security person. ”

    I don’t know how long this guy has been working for Kraft Productions, but he clearly has been a Patriots fan for a long time. Given his job, its not likely he ever does filming of game action since hes filming behind the scenes spots, and seems highly likely he really doesn’t know league rules on this. That said, I am just dumbfounded that the idea of using a camera to film on field action as a Patriots related employee didn’t resonate one bit as at least odd or ironic given the team history.

  26. tylawspick6 says:

    December 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    GoodellMustGo says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    He’s been doing his job for 18 years and still doesn’t know not to point a camera at the sideline. 🤔

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    He’s been a tv producer for that long. He didn’t say he worked in the NFL for that long. Man, you have some serious reading comprehension problems.

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    Lol. Seems the comprehension issue is yours.

    “On December 8th I was doing what I have done for more than 18 years — working to produce high quality content that tells the unique, behind-the-scenes stories of people, players and the organization,” Mondillo said in the statement.

  27. I work as a video journalist. I shoot b-roll to tell stories. There is no way he would need 7 minutes of a sideline to tell a scout story.
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    I have a lot more experience as a “video journalist” than you do I promise and you are full of baloney, as well as being paranoid.

  28. Watch, as soon as Belichick and Brady retire, everyone here is going to be saying “they were a great team. I had all the respect in the world for them”…

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    lol why would this ever happen? Nobody respects them now, nobody will respect them in the future.

  29. FootballSeasonRules says:
    December 15, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    They’ll strip them of their super bowl titles as soon as the Broncos vacate their wins for circumventing the salary cap in the late nineties, the Seahawks for leading the lead in PED suspensions in 2013, the Steelers for lying about Ben Roethlisberger’s injury on the injury report and Bill Cowher admitting to taping signals, the Cowboys for Jimmy Johnson admitting to taping signals during his tenure with the Cowboys, and the Ravens for the league allowing Lewis, who used Deer Antler spray, to play in Super Bowl XLVII.
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    But wait…all the other teams are perfect angels! Only NE is bad! BAD!! Oh, and Terry Bradshaw said during deflategate that they used to deflate the footballs all the time in his day.

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