- The New England Patriots have been caught filming the sidelines of the Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday for a web series.
- In 2007, the Patriots were fined $250,000, for getting footage of the New York Jets coaching staff for “Spygate.”
- The tapes have been taken by the NFL for use during their investigation into the issue.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are at the helm of another scandal as their crew was caught filming the Cincinnati Bengals signing on the sidelines of their game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
In 2015, the Patriots endured “Deflategate” and they’ve done it again in 2019 with “Filmgate.” The Patriots have said that the filming was done for a series that will be in a documentary.
It sounds like a documentary on the Patriots being caught red-handed filming their opponents again. After losing three of their last five games, and the Bengals being the next team they face, it’s a little more than coincidental that the film crew was filming that particular team for a “series.”
This is not the first time that New England has been in trouble when it comes to getting things on film. Twelve years ago, they received a punishment by the NFL due to purposely filming the New York Jets in “Spygate.”
The NFL is now investigating the organization to get to the bottom of whether or not it truly was documentation for viewing purposes by the public and not the backend of New England’s coaching offices and locker room for their upcoming game.
“Do Your Job” is the title of the series where the film crew for the Patriots was said to be getting behind the scenes footage of a New England scout for the web-based show.
The Patriots have claimed that they received prior permission from the Browns to film but received no authorization from the sideline for which they were filming. That sideline was that of the Bengals.
"I have no involvement in this and no knowledge of it, and so I really don't have any idea what exactly is going on," said Bill Belichick, head coach for New England.
"I can tell you that we've never, as a coaching staff and me, personally, have never viewed any video footage at all of anything that those production people have done, other than what's shown on public television or something like that."
The Bengals (+325) are coming in as the underdogs on the weekend according to US sportsbooks. The Patriots (-450) are favored to win the game that will be airing on the CBS network on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Film or no film, the Bengals are 1-12 for the season while the Patriots are 10-3, making it what should be an easy pick as to who will come out victorious.
Whether or not this scandal in the making will affect their play on the field remains to be seen. But when it comes to season statistics alone, nothing should stop the Patriots from a “W”, not even “Filmgate.”