Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor said Monday that the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots were videotaping in the press box Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
Taylor was asked by longtime Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham about rumors that “the Patriots had a videographer up in the Bengals’ press box area, working with an advance scout that was taping video of the Bengals’ sideline” at his news conference.
“I’m aware that there was an incident,” Taylor said. “But I know the league is investigating it, so I’ve got no comment on it.”
A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the incident in question involved a Patriots scout who was being filmed while working on a team feature called “Do Your Job.” The video crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video in the press box and their PR person was aware, the source says.
An official for the Bengals, who were playing at Cleveland on Sunday, saw a member of the video crew wearing a Patriots shirt and alerted the league, which confiscated the video, according to the source.
In 2007, the Patriots were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants stadium, won by New England 38-14. The Patriots were forced to forfeit their first-round draft pick in 2008 and coach Bill Belichick was fined the maximum amount of $500,000. The Patriots also were ordered to pay $250,000 for the scandal, which was dubbed “Spygate” by the media.
The Patriots (10-3) play at the Bengals (1-12) on Sunday.
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