Patriots fined $1.1 million and lose third-round pick for taping Bengals

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Normally, this kind of news comes out late on a Friday afternoon.

Instead, the Patriots have been busted for violating league rules late on a Sunday night, right after word came out they were signing former league MVP Cam Newton.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and lost a third-round draft pick for their filming of the Bengals’ sidelines during a game last year.

Also, the team’s in-house television crew will not be allowed to film any games during the 2020 season, and “senior club officials” will have required training on league operation and game policies.

The man who shot the video of the Bengals sideline, David Mondilo, has also been banned from NFL facilities until further notice. He had previously been fired by the team.

In December, he filmed the Bengals sideline during a game against the Browns, but said he was doing it for an in-house video on an advance scout. He also put out a statement saying he wasn’t asked to provide the video to football operations staff.

91 responses to “Patriots fined $1.1 million and lose third-round pick for taping Bengals

  1. Sounds like the league concurs with the Patriots side of the story that this was not the football ops or the penalties would be horrific including suspensions.

    Either way… don’t point a camera at the sidelines fellas. Or don’t let anyone do that on your behalf. It’s really not that hard is it?

  2. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins 48 Fumbles. He is 7-20 vs teams over 500. He has no heart no desire to win he has the IQ of a potato. His teammates hate him. he started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Nick Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle

  3. My first thought was why would NE feel the need to video anything the Bengals do

  4. The NFL continues to foster the ongoing narrative that the Patriots cheat.

    The Patriots were not cheating. They were doing a documentary on their advance scouting crew. They had permission from the host team to do this. And they filmed a sideline that wasn’t engaged in sending visible signals to anybody. Because nobody does that any longer.

    They recorded a nothing sideline for documentary purposes and the tape shows nothing that wouldn’t be visible to any of tens of thousands of fans in the stands with a simple cell phone.

    Hey, Mouth-Breathers. This isn’t about cheating. This is about the NFL turning into the WWE. Goodell is too chicken to stand up to the other owners, who will cash in any unfair advantage they can get. If the Pats had been trying to illegally get video (of what, exactly? remember the teams use radio helmets now), they would have done so in the obvious way that anybody could do it, with a fan buying a ticket and using a cell phone. Like thousands of other fans using phones on game day to make video at sporting events.

    benny457 says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Pats would have zero rings if they didn’t cheat

    Just not a clever comment.

  5. Anyone wondering why patriots needed to film bengals the pats lost to the dolphins that’s why

  6. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    My first thought was why would NE feel the need to video anything the Bengals do
    ——
    How to score 13 points at home in a playoff game and lose by pick 6?

  7. benny457 says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Pats would have zero rings if they didn’t cheat

    If that makes you feel better

  8. This team gets caught cheating year after year and the league does nothing but slap thier wrists. It’s way past time for a year long suspension of the head coach and GM.
    The rest of the league better hide thier playbooks or there will be a 7th tainted ring.

  9. Buried under the Cam Newton news where few people would see it. This just in, the Patriots were caught cheating again.

  10. This latest bought of cheating won’t even bother the majority of Patriot fans as most of them have moved on to Tampa Bay.

  11. Sure isn’t going to create multi season devastation to the team like bountygate’s overboard punishment did to the saints.

  12. So, what’s new? This is the Patriots Way. Always has been, always will be under the current regime. They cheat! Case closed.

  13. The fine is nothing, but 3rd round picks can become starters, so there is at least some bite in this.
    All the same, I think the NFL should have had a harsher penalty because the Patriots are repeat offenders.
    If you are on probation, you need to make sure you stay clean.

  14. Roger needs to go!!!!! Enough is enough already. Please get someone in that spot who has a set (of eyes who can see without blinders on) and is willing to truly punish them.

  15. Wouldn’t it be kinda funny if the Pats keep Cam Newton for the year, release him in free agency, and get a 3rd-round compensatory pick?

  16. They sign Newton and then they get hammered by the league. It’s like something out of a Dickens’ novel. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

  17. IT took the NFL 7 months to come up with something that any of us could have done in about, oh 7 weeks? What was so complicated that it took them THIS LONG? As for the punishment, *shrugs.*

  18. whispersd says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    benny457 says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Pats would have zero rings if they didn’t cheat

    Just not a clever comment.
    ______________________

    Yeah but it’s true!

  19. Nice. Now let’s see what they come up with next to recoup their losses. Drones taping the Dolphins practices? Book it!

  20. Love them or hate them, there is no team in all of pro sports more compelling than the Pats.

  21. If they were truly cheating by video taping a sideline wouldn’t they be more discreet and do that from a better vantage point? Anyone with seats near the sideline benches can do that discreetly.

  22. When is this organization going to stop cheating? They are THE dynasty of all time in the NFL yet year after year after year it seems they are caught cheating and bending the rules in some fashion or another.

    At this point I’d put them on super secret double probation and if they so much as commit an offsides penalty in a preseason game I’d hand them a football death penalty.

  23. Well, obviously there was no intent to cheat. Otherwise, the Pats would have lost a first rounder and Belichick would have been suspended…

  24. Sean Peyton gets a questionably undeserved season long suspension for bountygate. The Pats are implicated in multiple cheating scandals over several years and the hoodie continues to skate. The NFL seriously needs to get their act together with regards to accountability and discipline. What a farce.

  25. Is anyone surprised? Classless organization, no fans until Parcells saved the hopeless organization.

  26. Re:
    benny457 says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:38 pm
    Pats would have zero rings if they didn’t cheat

    I disagree. They have been a very good team and probably would have had 2 or 3 rings without the cheating.

  27. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    My first thought was why would NE feel the need to video anything the Bengals do
    ———–
    They were just CAUGHT taping the Bengals.

  28. Still cheating after all these years. That Billy Boy is a great coach, try playing it straight one of these years Pats.

  29. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I can see the league office in NY not liking NE success and drumming up things to make NE look bad or try to cover their own science incompetence. I don’t see any harm in this latest “incident”

  30. whispersd says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    The NFL continues to foster the ongoing narrative that the Patriots cheat.

    The Patriots were not cheating. They were doing a documentary on their advance scouting crew. They had permission from the host team to do this. And they filmed a sideline that wasn’t engaged in sending visible signals to anybody. Because nobody does that any longer.

    They recorded a nothing sideline for documentary purposes and the tape shows nothing that wouldn’t be visible to any of tens of thousands of fans in the stands with a simple cell phone.

    They had their cameras on the coaching staff for the bengals. Not entirely sure what this has to do with a documentary that was about their own staff. And if there was nothing of note on the sideline, why keep taping it? And in terms of having permission, the Patriots crew were caught be the Bengals security and turned in, so I don’t see why you think that this was OK’d.

    Even if this is nothing, the Patriots have a past with this, and a lot of owners were ticked when the league went easy on them for spygate – so at best this is an overreaction as payback. Still, when you have a reputation (rightly or wrongly) for doing something wrong, maybe stop doing it

  31. How come this always happens to the Patriots? It’s a drip, drip, drip of infractions, spread out over years.

    Oh, I know. The Patriots are always targeted by the NFL. Please….

  32. Cheating again and again and again yet pretending like it doesn’t matter. Then why continuously cheat?

  33. You know how they say a person caught drunk driving for the first time has done it many times before they ended up getting caught? Just think of all the times the Patriots cheated and never got caught. It’s not like every time they cheated they were caught, so I’ll bet it’s a big number and that they’ve cheated in a wide variety of ways. Probably even some very unique and creative ways most teams aren’t even aware of. If there’s one thing Belicheat is good at it’s being creative. Whether it’s finding loopholes in the rulebook, or using unexpected formations or game plans, the guy thinks outside the box. I’m sure this talent was also valuable when finding ways to cheat. People say he didn’t need to cheat against the Bengals, but a guy like this just can’t help himself.

  34. They won’t feel it. They are in line for two compensatory third round picks next year anyway.

  35. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! The Patriots cheat again. The NFL needs an equivalent to the NCAA death penalty for repeat offenders.

  36. Lol people pretending the Patriots gained so much as an extra yard because of illicit shenanigans or that they cheat at a rate more common than the rest. If I’m wrong than every other team in the league should be willing to volunteer themselves to the level of over scrutiny the Patriots have endured since 2007 when the committed the heinous act of collecting legal video from a location two sections too far to the left.

  37. Interesting that the Patriots last two losses came at the hands of two exPat coaches. Maybe they knew where the cameras were and disabled them.

  38. Well what what this fine for because it couldnt be for their repeat offense in wich the pats where docked a #1 already? Boy they sure are in trouble once they get punished for cheating the bengals……oh its the bengals. The fine is suitable then i suppose

  39. Just not a surprise anymore Patriots getting caught again and again . Need put asterisks next to BB wins for all times busted.

  40. The story doesn’t make sense. If they were intending to cheat, why film the worst team in football?

    Sounds like a NE employee didn’t know his job.

  41. I wonder how the Patriots will cheat next. While I realize their fans will defend them until the end, in a majority of people’s minds their legacy is tarnished.

  42. whispersd says:

    June 28, 2020 at 8:48 pm
    The NFL continues to foster the ongoing narrative that the Patriots cheat.
    ======================

    Yep, because it isn’t like EVERY time something shady goes on in the league it is NE who is the guilty party…

    Nope, all a set up by the league. Far more logical.

  43. 7 Things every child needs to hear:

    1. I Love you
    2. I support you.
    3. I am listening
    4. I believe in you.
    5. The New England Patriots* are Evil Cheaters.
    6. I am here for you.
    7. You matter.

  44. Just another in a long, long line of cheating events by the Patriots.

    No surprise.

  45. Is there any other franchise in professional sports that even comes close to the number of times and fines paid by the Patriots for CHEATING?

  46. .. and by signing Cam Newton for cheap, they guarantee having a QB that costs almost nothing making the fine irrelevant and will get their 3rd rounder back when he signs elsewhere next year.

  47. jerryjonessaidwhat says:
    June 28, 2020 at 8:44 pm
    My first thought was why would NE feel the need to video anything the Bengals do

    —————

    Because cheaters cheat! The whole organization is built on systemic cheating, so why stop at the Bengals?

  48. The people that call this incident ‘cheating’ are just a bunch of excuse making babies that can’t accept the fact that the Pats beat their team over and over. This was obviously an innocent oversight. The Pats were over punished for supposed past sins. Like the equipment violation called ‘deflategate'(If it actually even happened). Or filming from the wrong location. The Patriots record of ‘cheating’ is the most over hyped bunch of bologna in the history of sports. 6 rings, no asterisks. Deal with it.

  49. The NFL like most pro leagues have no backbone.
    Another slap on the wrist.
    Like that’s going to deter the Pats or anyone else from doing it again.

  50. They need to get a warning to Belichick that another cheating scandal with the team is going to result in him getting a 1 year suspension or banning if it’s egregious. Despite all his genius there can be no doubt he’s fostered this environment of allowing or even encouraging cheating.

  51. Is it fair that the Patriots get punished for EVERY incident, any time there is ANY incident, no matter how small?

  52. The people that call this incident ‘cheating’ are just a bunch of excuse making babies that can’t accept the fact that the Pats beat their team over and over. This was obviously an innocent oversight.

    ——
    If the league found cheating from the football side then the penalties would be a lot more than this. I’d also be done with them. I don’t support cheaters of any kind.

    It was still a stupid thing to do to point a camera at the sidelines. This of all teams. Maybe the 3rd rounder will be a kick in the butt that they need to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Smarten up boys.

  53. Yeah, like that’ll stop them from doing it again. He’s a cheater. He’s always been a cheater. He’ll always be a cheater.

  54. And how much cheating goes on by the Pat’s that the NFL doesnt even know about. Heck, they make CIA look like amateurs. Do they still bug the visitors lockerroom?

  55. seanismorriscom says:
    June 29, 2020 at 2:38 am

    The story doesn’t make sense. If they were intending to cheat, why film the worst team in football?

    Sounds like a NE employee didn’t know his job
    ———————

    In typical fashion, the Patriots and Bill always follow two rules of thumb when it comes to subverting well established rules:
    1. Plausible Deniability
    2. Always have an underlying in place as a fall guy.

    It’s worked for years throughout several different scandals and will continue to be effective until the NFL has the real guts to stand up to one of the most influential owners in the league.
    Until then, Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

  56. Reporter: “Coach, can you explain this?”

    Belichick: “We’re on to the next scheme, I mean Dolphins”

  57. Imagine how much they’ve gotten away with.

    Anyone believe Brady doesn’t have a $100 Million in cash that Kraft has given him?

  58. It was still a stupid thing to do to point a camera at the sidelines.

    Exactly right, it was a stupid thing. That’s all. A 3rd rnd pk is a joke. The FB operation had nothing to do with this, and the league knows it. I could enumerate the many times other teams committed small rules violations and little or nothing happened. Myths like taping practices and locker room espionage with no named sources allowed this thing to become an urban legend and excuse for other teams. I really don’t care if a fringe number of fans or losing ex players think they lost because the Patriots cheat, but the punishment doesn’t fit the ‘crime’. Fortunately, they’ll get a 3rd rnd compensatory for Brady.

  59. This is the silly stuff the NFL deals with but 31 owners keeping Kaepernick out of football no way!

  60. rahavort says:
    June 29, 2020 at 2:16 pm
    Does anybody truly believe BB would videotape the BENGALS of all teams? C’mon man
    =============================

    You can’t even videotape signals anymore. Offensive and defensive play calls are sent in via radio. Clearly, a lot of people believe you can videotape a radio signal.

  61. They had their cameras on the coaching staff for the bengals. Not entirely sure what this has to do with a documentary that was about their own staff. And if there was nothing of note on the sideline, why keep taping it? And in terms of having permission, the Patriots crew were caught be the Bengals security and turned in, so I don’t see why you think that this was OK’d.
    ==============================

    The documentary was about an advanced scout for the team. As the name implies, this person would go watch a future opponent play in order to scout them. If you were trying to capture that on film, you would show what they would be looking at during a game. It’s pretty straightforward.

    As for permission, the game was being played in Cleveland. The Patriots asked for and received clearance from the Browns to bring a film crew to the game against the Bengals. Was it the Browns responsibility to notify the Bengals or the Patriots? Clearly, the Patriots shouldn’t have made any assumptions, but what are the actual guidelines? And where were the Browns security personnel while Bengals employees were busting this elaborate caper? It’s their stadium, their “jurisdiction,” and they gave the camera crew permission, yet they’re never mentioned in any of the reports.

  62. They had their cameras on the coaching staff for the bengals. Not entirely sure what this has to do with a documentary that was about their own staff. And if there was nothing of note on the sideline, why keep taping it? And in terms of having permission, the Patriots crew were caught be the Bengals security and turned in, so I don’t see why you think that this was OK’d.
    —-
    For me the fact they were taping directly in front of the Bengals security and not hiding – as cheaters almost always do – is a tell that there was nothing nefarious here. And lets be honest, Belichick would have been suspended if there was even the flimsiest connection to the football team. The league found none and blame goes to the video crew alone and the penalty here reflects that.

    But they should have taken the time to get permission from both teams. THIS organization of all teams needs to be extra careful when it comes to cameras and the perception they have from history. Hopefully this is it and it never happens again.

  63. If you have to keep pleading not guilty and trying to convince people you don’t cheat, you probably cheat.

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