Arrest losses, management suspensions and fines are among the penalties the Patriots could face from the NFL for filming the Bengals during their Week 14 game in Cincinnati against the Browns, according to a CBS Sports report.
Jason La Canfora says New England is likely to lose “at least one pick” and face “heavy fines” after completing the union’s investigation. In addition, the NFL may suspend a member of the organization’s senior management.
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Part of the explanation for the harsh penalties is the recent patriot story of misconduct, including infamous scandals such as Spygate and Deflategate.
The Patriots acknowledged that field recording broke the rules, but claimed that their coaches and football staff were unaware of the intentions or actions of the videographer. The production team was in Cleveland seemingly recording a video feature on a New England scout. But as shown in a video snip released by Fox on Sunday, the cameras also captured close-ups of the Bengals platform a week before the Patriots visited Cincinnati.
According to a report by the NFL Network, the league has completed the research interview phase, but has not set a timetable for its completion. “All options are on the table” for possible punishments, per Ian Rapoport.
The videographer, Dave Mondillo, has also been suspended by the team, according to The Boston Globe.