NFL investigators have yet to finish the investigation into the New England Patriots’ illegal videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals sideline. The investigation approaches its end, and the NFL has yet to find evidence linking head coach Bill Belichick or any other member of the Patriots’ football staff to any unapproved activities. This was confirmed in a report from Mark Maske of The Washington Post.
Maske cited sources close
to the matter. He reported that the Patriots’ fine will be in line with those
handed down to the Atlanta Falcons and New York Giants.
“The league’s investigation of the latest video incident
involving the Patriots is winding down and could be completed as soon as this
week, according to those people. They said it remains likely at this point,
barring the last-minute uncovering of more damaging evidence, that the NFL will
impose penalties consistent with those handed out in recent years in other
cases of game-day infractions.
“That would mean that the Patriots probably would be facing a
fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly the loss or reduction
in value of a draft pick. …
“But there is no indication at this point that Belichick or
the Patriots’ football staff has been tied to the video or that the
investigation has uncovered evidence of a sustained, organized effort by the
Patriots to gain a competitive on-field advantage, according to those people
with knowledge of the case.”
New England admitted that
a member of their production department violated league rules by recording the
Bengals sideline in Cleveland. The cameraman was sitting in the Cleveland
Browns press box. The man said he made the video without even being aware of
Head coach Belichick
denied any connection to the Patriots’ production department. This department
operates separately from the players.
The Patriots lost the regular-season finale to the Miami Dolphins, and they will play the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. It will be a big game for the Patriots, and they really need to win this game. The team needs this win.