By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots’ admitted filming of the Cincinnati sideline is no longer a complete mystery to the public eye, as Jay Glazer revealed footage of the incident between the Patriots and Bengals security on Sunday’s Fox NFL Sunday pregame show.
The video, which is filmed from the security crew’s point of view, does seem to confirm a couple of things, number one and two being that the man filming the Cincinnati sideline did exactly that and also tried to barter with the Bengals and offer to delete the footage. The Bengals responded to that offer from the member of the “Do Your Job” film crew by telling the reported independent contractor that “the damage is done.” (They also questioned why the Patriots were not filming the advance scout in any of these shots of the Cincinnati sideline, seemingly not understanding how filming works.)
Is this the smoking gun of video footage? Probably not. The audio alone seems to indicate that the Bengals were dealing with someone who straight-up didn’t know what to say or do upon getting caught violating NFL game-day rules.
But it’s just a taste of what the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots’ latest game-day infraction will include.
According to one report, the Patriots are facing “significant” punishment for what would be their third violation of game-day protocol (the team lost first-round picks for “Spygate” and “Deflategate”), and could see a member of their management personnel suspended as a result of the violation. But there’s no shortage of other examples and potential punishments.
Though they’ve already admitted to the actual act of inappropriately filming the Cincinnati sideline, the Patriots have repeatedly stated that the filming had nothing to do with the football operation of the organization, and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has maintained the belief that he was completely unaware of the production crew’s actions that day.