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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

At his yearly Super Bowl press conference Wednesday afternoon, Roger Goodell was asked about the league’s investigation into the Patriots regarding a recording made by a Patriots video team in Cleveland at the end of the 2019 season.

While Goodell didn’t give away much in his answer, he made it clear the league isn’t planning on wrapping the issue up any time soon.

“Our responsibility is to make sure we’re being extremely thorough,” Goodell told the assembled media in Miami. “Our team has been on it. We have been focused on this. I think it has not been that lengthy (sic) of time. We have obviously put the focus on it, but we’re going to get it right. When we come to a conclusion, we’ll certainly make sure people are aware of it.”

Here’s Goodell’s full answer from ESPN’s Mike Reiss:

On Dec. 9, the Patriots were accused of illegally filming the Bengals sideline during a road game in Cleveland. The Patriots released a statement later that day taking “full responsibility” for the breach of the rules, and clarifying that those taking part were a video crew separate from the football operation, working on a documentary for Kraft Sports Productions. The league has been investigating since.

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