The New England Patriots made two headlines Sunday night. Right after announcing that they will be signing Cam Newton, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the league has penalized the team after their television crew got caught filming the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns game from December 8, 2019.
NFL has handed down these penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the Bengals-Browns game in December, sources tell @MikeReiss:
🏈$1.1 million in club fines.
🏈Loss of 2021 third-round pick.
🏈Patriots’ TV crews not allowed to shoot games during 2020 season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 29, 2020
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports’ NFL Team reported the video exposing the New England Patriots doing such late last season.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 15, 2019
This is not the first time the New England Patriots have been penalized by the league for cheating under head coach Bill Belichick.
In 2007 during a game with the New York Jets it was discovered that the Patriots were recording and stealing signs. This scandal was known as Spygate and cost the team $300,000 and their 2008 First Round pick.
Then most recently in 2014 it was reported that the footballs used during the AFC Championship Game were under-inflated. Since Tom Brady knew that the balls were going to be in such condition he was suspended for four games in the 2016 regular season. Also the team was fined $1 Million and lost two draft picks as punishment including their first round selection in 2016.