The New England Patriots admitted that a video crew they hired recorded footage of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during their game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday (December 8).
News of the incident first broke when, at Bengals coach Zac Taylor's news conference Monday, longtime Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham asked the coach about rumors that the Patriots had a videographer in the press box who was taping the sideline.
The Patriots concluded their lengthy statement by saying that they "accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game".
"He was doing his job", Belichick said.
The investigation is ongoing, but Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has spoken on the incident, too.
Despite the Patriots statement, Kellerman said he believes that the Patriots were filming the game for team intelligence purposes and not for the documentary.
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"This is a tough opponent right now, and we're devoting all of our time to making sure we're prepared", Taylor said.
Cincinnati is just 1-12 on the season and has a historically bad defense, which should provide the struggling Patriots offense with a terrific opportunity to get back on track. "But we don't knowingly, intentionally want to do anything that's across the line".
The team added that the production crew was "independent of our football operation". I've never even seen any of their tapes or anything else. You know, evidently this is our production people on the TV show that were there. So this is something that we 100 percent have zero involvement with.
Asked if it was fair to call the Patriots cheaters, Kellerman responded, "Yes, and liars too, I think, or at least they cheated and lied".
"This is a bad look, but let me tell you what should happen".
Are the 10-3 Patriots so anxious about beating the 1-12 Bengals this week that they would risk forfeiting another first-round draft pick and possibly million of dollars in fines in another "Spygate?"