Statement from the New England Patriots. pic.twitter.com/rhXdwVvnr8— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 10, 2019
The Patriots wrote that there was “no intention” of using the footage for any other purpose but the series — a claim Bill Belichick made himself earlier on Monday. The team also wrote that the video crew “unknowingly violated a league policy by filming the field and sideline from the press box.”
The Patriots also say that the video crew “immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully” when approached by the league over this matter.
Interestingly, one ESPN report indicates quite another thing transpired when the videographer was caught filming the Cincinnati sideline for the entire first quarter.
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this all unfolds for the Patriots as the NFL continues to investigate. The team’s history of breaking the rules will not work in its favor, to be sure, if the league determines punishment need be applied.