Patriots Fined $1.1M, Lose 2021 3rd-Rd Pick For Videotaping Incident Last Year

     

Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the NFL has handed down penalties for the Patriots’ television crew filming the field and the Bengals’ sideline during a December game last year.

The list of penalties includes:

  • $1.1 million in club fines
  • Loss of a 2021 third-round pick
  • Patriots’ television production crews will not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season
  • Senior club officials will have quired training on league operation and game policies

Beyond that, David Mondillo, who was previously suspended by the team at the time of the NFL investigation, is banned from NFL facilities until further notice, according to Reiss.

The Patriots terminated Mondillo prior to the NFL disciplining the team.

New England claimed that an independent crew filming an episode of a documentary for the team’s media was unaware of the NFL’s sideline video policy during the game between the Bengals and Browns. 

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports previously obtained and aired footage of the incident between Bengals’ security and the Patriots’ employee. 

Patriots HC Bill Belichick maintained in multiple media availabilities that the football side “100 percent have zero involvement in this.

The Patriots notified the Browns, Cincinnati’s opponent that week, that they would have a crew in the press box, but did not alert the league or the Bengals.

Concerned Bengals employees flagged NFL security after seeing the crew videotaping the sideline for the entire first quarter and the tape was confiscated. 

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