Report: NFL has found no link between Patriots football operations, video crew

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The Patriots have said that the team’s video crew that violated league policy by filming the Bengals sideline during a December game against the Browns had no connection to their football operations staff and, per a report, a league investigation into the matter hasn’t turned up any evidence to the contrary.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the investigation is winding down and that there has been nothing to show that the football operations staff had any link to the video. If that remains the case, the Patriots are likely to face a similar penalty to ones imposed on other teams for gameday infractions in recent years.

Those penalties have included fines, dropping a draft pick to a later position and stripping a draft pick. The last penalty was given to the Falcons for playing fake crowd noise during home games.

Maske reports that the investigation could wrap up as soon as this week, but there’s no word on when a final ruling would come from the league office.

 

76 responses to “Report: NFL has found no link between Patriots football operations, video crew

  1. SHOCKER!!!

    This rigged product is going to collapse.

    Anyone who bets on these games is a sucker.

  2. Considering the Pats long, long history of documented -and- alleged cheating, the penalty should be more than an entry-level first offense penalty. Whether this was cheating or cheating-adjacent, what other teams keep getting accused of cheating as many times as Belichek-led Pats teams?

  3. Reports were the investigators were sorely frustrated they couldn’t establish any link but remained certain they were guilty.

  4. The NFL doesn’t always reach a conclusion that’s going to satisfy 100% of the people, but they do tend to come to the right conclusion. When their investigation leads to nothing, that’s a good thing for the league. Nobody in the league office wants to find out that one team is cheating to gain an unfair advantage. Unfortunately, when the league does catch a team cheating, they’re forced to take action so that they hopefully discourage that team, and all other teams from cheating in the future. It appears that perhaps, at least in this case, prior punishments have accomplished that goal.

  5. Considering the Pats long, long history of documented -and- alleged cheating, the penalty should be more than an entry-level first offense penalty. Whether this was cheating or cheating-adjacent, what other teams keep getting accused of cheating as many times as Belichek-led Pats teams?
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    Past penalties have been levied and paid. Nothing to see here haters.

  6. Why does the team have to suffer the consequences of a dumb decision by the media department? Not just the Patriots, but any team. One staff tries its best to assemble a winning roster and gameplan, the other tries its best to deliver content and a robust fan experience. How much do the two actually communicate?

  7. LOL, here come the conspiracy theorists – Kraft has Goodell in his back pocket, Kraft paid the investigators, the league distroyed the evidence to protect the Pats, etc. …

  8. This was a nothing story from the get go ! ppl are just sick of the Pat’s a 20 year run with 11 straight division titles,8 straight afc championship games and 6 sb wins so they look for anyway to tear it down .不不不不不不

  9. ducknichols50 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 11:58 am
    Im confused.they found nothing to link the video crew, etc地nd, if that remains the case then the Patriots could be fined, etc.

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    The question remains: Will Goodell cheat by stealing picks again?

    Clearly, at best, this is a fine for Kraft and thats it. But, will Goodell cheat?

  10. the Patriot’s have no one to blame but themselves that these types of situations always cast doubt..

    Doesn’t remove the championships but it will always fuel the haters

  11. I think the NFL should still give them a significant fine. Get your house in order, stop with this non-sense of stuff being filmed on your watch. They seem like the innocent criminal here. They always seem to be in the area when a crime happens, but it wasn’t them or misunderstanding defence is getting old.

  12. orangecrush78 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    I think the NFL should still give them a significant fine. Get your house in order, stop with this non-sense of stuff being filmed on your watch. They seem like the innocent criminal here. They always seem to be in the area when a crime happens, but it wasnt them or misunderstanding defence is getting old.

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    Wouldnt it be easier to learn truth, facts, not be paranoid and stop looking for ways to cheat and frame my team?

    This all started with Goodell. You people are so dumb, its fascinating.

    Your team factually cheated the cap in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Fact. Nothing had to be made up and it was the greatest calculated cheating scandal in sports history.

  13. “SHOCKER!!!

    This rigged product is going to collapse”
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    That tinfoil is wrapped way too tightly around your head. Please explain how the NFL office and the Patriots have joined together to fix games. Maybe the Brady suspension was just a ruse to throw everyone off the scent.

  14. Here come the self righteous moralizers, with their flood of uninformed rhetoric, and their drop of reason.

  15. That may be relevant news but it has ZERO to do with yet another broken rule where a competitive advantage was obtained.

    It simply does not change what happened. 仄領儭

  16. Patently Excellent says:

    The appropriate punishment would be for the Crooked Patriots to forfeit the game they were taping. Not my fault that gives the division to the Buffalo Bills.

    That game was the Bengals Browns game buddy…

  17. Sorry Haters! Judging by the reaction to the Miami game, these patriot haters are so starved for the end of this dynasty. It will end eventually – maybe eve soon, but it has been a great 19 years, so far!

  18. Much adieu about nothing. Like every other bogus Patriots scandal. Why is it that the NFL only cared about PSI of footballs on 1 day in its history and has gone back to not caring so Aaron Rodgers is once again free to over-inflate his footballs

  19. As long as Bill Belichick is the Coach and GM of the Patriots they will always be monitored and if anything raises eyebrows it will be investigated and unfortunately due to spygate the smallest rule violation the NFL will bring the hammer down on them(DeflateGate) but in the case they simply hired a moron and it’s time to move on

  20. Pats hater here. Even I believe there was no connection. But the NFL knew this from day one. Do not insult our intelligence dragging this out and faking a thorough investigation. The NFL will do anything to add one additional viewer to their product just like the Patriots will do anything to win a game. Now you know, I couldn’t leave without at least one dig on the Pats. Go Ravens!!

  21. Remember that time when the Patriots head coach was suspended for a full season for implementing a hit squad that put the livelihood and well being of their opponents in jeopardy? Oh wait, thats right. Wrong guy. Or that time when the Patriots were levied with the largest fine in league history after having been caught with documented proof of illegally circumventing the salary cap, thus forever rendering their resulting titles null and void? Oh wait, thats right, that was the mile high team who attempted to excuse it by citing the diminished mental capacity of their owner. Such sad legacies for two second class franchises.

  22. Of course the league will do nothing to the Patriots. They are the league darlings. How many times have they been caught now? I cannot even keep track. If this was any other organization they would have been thrown to the wolves. The patriots? Nothing wrong here. Did anyone think the league would do anything to their favorites? Please.

  23. I host a small group of team officials in my suite at the Derby every year and I can tell you the Patriots are not cheating.

  24. beestmode says:
    January 1, 2020 at 11:48 am
    Considering the Pats long, long history of documented -and- alleged cheating, the penalty should be more than an entry-level first offense penalty. Whether this was cheating or cheating-adjacent, what other teams keep getting accused of cheating as many times as Belichek-led Pats team

    There is no long history of documentedl anything. Comments in Patriots articles do not constitute documented anything. Neither does talking head speculation.

    As far as why no other team has been accused more…its because no other team has won more. No other team has left so many in their wake who are desperate for any excuse other than admitting to themselves they just werent good enough.

  25. Football God says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    As long as Bill Belichick is the Coach and GM of the Patriots they will always be monitored and if anything raises eyebrows it will be investigated and unfortunately due to spygate the smallest rule violation the NFL will bring the hammer down on them(DeflateGate) but in the case they simply hired a moron and its time to move on

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    Umm, Spygate was a framejob. The Jets cheated and hired Goodell.

    The Pats have never cheated. Anyone who believes that at this point, and cannot see why Goodell was hired to be controlled to stop a dynasty from continuing, is a total moron at this point.

  26. This timescale is nothing. We are still waiting for the Colts punishment for playing with under inflated footballs

  27. Good. What I saw on that tape was not cheating and it seems the league concurs. I would be done with this team if I saw anything that looked like Spygate there or if a link was found to Belichick.

    Regardless…stop pointing cameras at the sidelines.

  28. Brady would still be an all time great even if you forget his career before deflategate. He has more playoff wins since deflategate alone than Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have in their entire careers.

    Starting with Super Bowl XLIX:

    49-17 regular season record, 10-2 playoff record, 4 super bowl appearances, 3 rings, 2 super bowl MVPs, 1 regular season MVP.

  29. So funny all these nuclear physicists throwing the cheating comments out there yet no proof of any cheating during the past 3 Super Bowls. Just jealous, salty hate because your teams haven’t come anywhere close to attaining what the Patriots have. Either put some solid facts out there otherwise stop whining like a bunch of little kids and deal with it.

  30. Just sweep it under the rug. The nfl doesn’t want another cheating scandal on their 100th season, even though they’ve been caught doing the exact same thing again. Once a cheater always a cheater.

  31. There is proof. In the Rams SB, Pat’s defensive players were literally running the patterns with the Rams receivers and backs. These were new plays that the Rams just inserted for that game. Face it, they cheat, plain and simple.

  32. Say what!!! You want the public to believe the Patriots video crew works independently of the Patriots organization? The video crew just does whatever it wants and tapes what ever it wants to. Give me a break!

  33. The only three links found were

    1. They worked for the Patriots
    2. They got paid by the Patriots
    3. The video was being delivered by the video crew to the Patriots

    But other than that – no link found

  34. johnwaldron8 says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm
    This story means that not only was there no link between the film crew and the Patriots, the league couldnt even manufacture a link between the two.
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    The Patriots’ Owner also owns the “film crew,” so there is a “link.”

    Go Hawks!

  35. Hater guy doesnt get the result he wants so the next thing he does is throw the old conspiracy angle out there so he can keep on saying the Pats cheated. Thats freaking pathetic.

    Get.A. Life.

  36. The NFL is shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment.

    The Patriots cheat. Bill Belichick cheats. Robert Kraft cheats. Tom Brady cheats. None of this is news. The NFL steps in when it has no choice. As long as there is an ounce of deniability, however ridiculous it may be, they’ll look the other way, because doing otherwise is bad for business.

  37. Ha, all the faux outrage on here.

    I’m betting most (not all) of you who are projecting out againts the Patriots with such high and mighty virtue here probably can’t get out of your own way in real life while lying and “cheating” when it suits you.

  38. Well, they couldn’t find evidence of my Saints committing wrongdoings when it came to BountyGate. But that didn’t stop them from suspending Sean Payton for a year, suspending a couple of players and coaches for a month and taking some draft picks. So it’s only fair if they hand down the same penalty to the Patriots.

  39. Much like many NFL scandals theyre overblown or flat out made up. The funniest one was deflategate when the NFL presented evidence that contradicted their claim. The bounty, bullying and spying scandals were laughable to the rational thinkers.

  40. So, youve got a camera watching the backs of the Bengals where you obviously can easily see and decipher the hand signals that are so often used since the league started using radio communications for play calling??

    CHEATERS

  41. tb12greatest says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    LOL, here come the conspiracy theorists Kraft has Goodell in his back pocket, Kraft paid the investigators, the league destroyed the evidence to protect the Pats, etc.
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    That’s one of the great failings in logic by the conspiracy theorists. If Goodell was really Kraft’s puppet, if Kraft paid off investigators, if the league was really covering for the Patriots, etc., then no incident would had ever made the news and the team would have never been punished. That’s what cover-ups, favoritism and payoffs are supposed to accomplish, not the exact opposite.

  42. nite2al says:
    January 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    There is proof. In the Rams SB, Pats defensive players were literally running the patterns with the Rams receivers and backs. These were new plays that the Rams just inserted for that game. Face it, they cheat, plain and simple.
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    In the previous 2 games NE scored 41 and 37 points, yet only managed 13 vs the Rams. Conclusion: The Rams must have been cheating.

  43. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Regardless存top pointing cameras at the sidelines.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yet every week 32 Team Scouts are permitted with Binoculars to look at whatever they want on the sidelines and take notes about what they ‘SEE with their EYES’ at any time every week – not to mention anyone in the stands with their smart phones can video everything.

    People fail to use logic here with their minds stuck on a ‘cheating’ merry-go-round.

  44. Patently Excellent says:
    January 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    The appropriate punishment would be for the Crooked Patriots to forfeit the game they were taping. Not my fault that gives the division to the Buffalo Bills.
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    Let’s say they made the Patriots forfeit a game, then they’d be 11-5 while the Bills are 10-6. So, no, that still wouldn’t give the division to the Bills.

  45. nite2al says:
    January 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    There is proof. In the Rams SB, Pats defensive players were literally running the patterns with the Rams receivers and backs. These were new plays that the Rams just inserted for that game. Face it, they cheat, plain and simple.


    Heck, even I knew what routes the Rams players were going to run. You didnt? That was one of the most predictable game plans I have ever seen. And the Rams could not adjust it either. As soon as the helmet radios got cut the defense would shift its look and the play was effectively already over.

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