The New England Patriots have been accused of spying once again, and this time the allegations come from a team they are set to play this coming weekend – The Cincinnati Bengals. A Patriots production crew was seen filming the Bengals’ game against the Cleveland Browns at their game on Sunday.
The Patriots have faced such allegations before this in 2007 when they were taping their opponents while claiming that the crew was filming for a documentary series. The NFL is currently investigating these allegations to their full depth.
The Cleveland Browns won their game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and the press box was full of suspicions. An official of the Bengals reportedly saw an employee of the Patriots filming the sidelines during the game and later notified the NFL.
Head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Zac Taylor said in the matter that he was aware of such an incident taking place but since the league was handling it, he saw no need to comment.
The Patriots are currently leading the AFC East with 10 wins. They claim that they were filming the Patriots scout at the game for an episode of their behind-the-scenes documentary titled “Do Your Job”. A statement from the team said that they had permission from the Browns but not from the Bengals or the League.
Their coach, Bill Belichick denied any knowledge of the occurrence and maintained that his team had nothing to do with what was being shot, produced or directed.
The Patriots were fined $250,000 in 2007 when the investigation showed that they were spying on the New York Jets’ coaches. In 2016, Tom Brady faced suspension for four games as he was accused of having deflated footballs during the 2015 AFC championship game in order to make them easier to grip. Brady insisted that he played well within the rules and did not tamper with the ball at all.
The NFL has confiscated the recording for their investigation and has not released a further comment on the situation and what it could mean for the Patriots.