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Sport Opinion: Roger Goodell should drop the hammer on Patriots, Bill Belichick after latest controversy

15:20  10 december  2019
15:20  10 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Belichick appreciates NFL history, and makes it, too

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After Spygate and Deflategate, the New England Patriots shouldn't get a pass in this latest videotaping incident at the Browns-Bengals game Sunday. Even if you believe the not-always-so-forthcoming Bill Belichick and buy his contention that the football department has no fingerprints on another video kerfuffle involving the New England Patriots , it is not enough. Roger Goodell still needs to drop the hammer .

After Spygate and Deflategate, the New England Patriots shouldn’t get a pass in this latest videotaping incident at the Browns-Bengals game Sunday. Source link.

Even if you believe the not-always-so-forthcoming Bill Belichick and buy his contention that the football department has no fingerprints on another video kerfuffle involving the New England Patriots, it is not enough.

Bill Belichick standing in front of a crowd: Bill Belichick denied having any involvement with the videotaping of the Bengals' sideline on Sunday.© Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports Bill Belichick denied having any involvement with the videotaping of the Bengals' sideline on Sunday.

Roger Goodell still needs to drop the hammer.

It’s the optics, silly. After Spygate and Deflategate, the Patriots are like the motorist with points attached to their driver’s license for speeding. Intentional or not, the foot of someone associated with the Patriots got a bit heavy to take them over the speed limit again. Even if this latest snag is proven to be nothing like the sign-stealing Spygate episode in 2007, it’s still a repeat violation of an NFL policy that deserves admonishment — not benefit of the doubt.

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New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said on Tuesday that he had "no knowledge" of the Patriots film crew videotaping the Bengals on Sunday. – Bill Greene/ Globe Staff. Jarett Bell, USA Today: “ Roger Goodell still needs to drop the hammer …It’s the optics, silly. After Spygate and Deflategate, the Patriots are like the motorist with points attached to their driver’s license for speeding. Intentional or not, the foot of someone associated with the Patriots got a bit heavy to take them over the speed limit again.

Opinion : Roger Goodell should drop the hammer on Patriots , Bill Belichick after latest controversy . After Spygate and Deflategate, the New England Patriots shouldn't get a pass in this latest videotaping incident at the Browns-Bengals game Sunday. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he "didn't have anything at all to do" with the team's videographer who was caught taping the Cincinnati sideline during Sunday's game.

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Pleading ignorance doesn’t cut it as a defense. Ignorance? The Patriots?

Good, the team immediately turned over the videotapes to the NFL. Nice, the team quickly addressed the issue publicly to get a jump on the blowback. I’ll take Belichick at his word (and hope I’m right) when he declares he’s never seen any of the work by the crew taping for a "Do Your Job" feature on an advance scout for the team’s digital operation — and not trying to record signals from the Bengals sideline that could be used, say, when New England plays Sunday at Cincinnati.

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  Some NFL executives want to see the Patriots tape for themselves With the distrust of both the New England Patriots and the NFL running deep in some league circles, several team executives told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday they would like to see the tape of the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline generated by a Patriots-employed video crew last Sunday. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has distanced himself and the football operation of his organization from a taping incident that the league is investigating.

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Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Roger Goodell should drop the hammer on Patriots , Bill Belichick after latest controversy . / The dot-connecting here is epic. Might need a rabies shot after reading this one. Matthew Geagan calls the newest ‘spygate’ controversy is just a misunderstanding. Ben Baby (ESPN) Patriots ’ Bill Belichick denies involvement with videographer caught taping Bengals’ sideline. Christian D’Andrea (SB Nation) The Patriots now have Spygate 2.0 thanks to their website’s production team. Mark Daniels is waiting to see what kind of discipline the NFL hands down to the Patriots after

Shoot, if the Patriots are spying on the Bengals (1-12), their issues are way deeper than a two-game losing streak.

But, funny, we haven’t heard a peep yet from the NFL, intimately familiar with the Patriots track record.

You’d think the Patriots, for all their brilliance, intelligence, the smug fan base and their history with NFL suspicion, would know better. Sure, Belichick’s football ops unit is independent of the marketing department, website, ticket sales, sponsorships, community service and other departments, when it comes down to the nuts-and-bolts of winning or losing football games. But it’s all under the same Patriots banner, even if the video was shot by a crew for Kraft Sports Productions, which produces content for Patriots.com and uses contractors. Crossover is inherent when you’re selling and profiting off the football team owned by Robert Kraft. I mean, Belichick does a weekly film breakdown segment for Patriots.com.

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  Roger Goodell: No updates on Patriots videotape incident or Antonio Brown probe The NFL commissioner said the Patriots’ history is a factor, but new information from the incident will be key in his decision.The NFL commissioner said there has been no resolutions in either the illegal filming incident by a Kraft Sports Productions crew Sunday in Cleveland or the league’s investigation of former New England receiver Antonio Brown.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Belichick had been taping rival coaches since 2000 and thought it was legal since he didn’t use the stolen information during the same game. Goodell called it a “calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play.” Two ex- Patriots came forward in March with claims that the team puts out false injury reports. Brandon Spikes told a Buffalo television station that he was put on injury reserve with a supposed knee injury – reportedly because he’d shown up late for practice – even though he wasn’t hurt.

Roger Goodell believes that you are wrong. The commissioner, speaking Wednesday at his annual press conference during Super Bowl week, was asked by The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin about the ongoing NFL investigation into the Patriots . The Patriots admitted a day later that a videographer shot footage which he should not have taken, and the team accepted responsibility. A week later , that footage was aired nationally on Fox. Reports surfaced around the turn of the new year that the NFL had been unable to find any evidence connecting Bill Belichick or the football operations department with

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So, it’s not like they are completely foreign entities, or that Kraft Sports Productions was in Cleveland filming a scout for Boston College.

The unit was taping during the Browns-Bengals clash on Sunday for the purpose of the Patriots organization, with the website falling under that lucrative umbrella. Belichick had to know the scout was being featured because anyone connected to the tight ship that is football ops would have to get a green light to be interviewed for the show. (I still remember the hoops jumped through years ago for clearance to interview then-personnel director Scott Pioli for a USA TODAY feature).

And given what happened in 2007 with Spygate — the Patriots were caught filming New York Jets sideline signals, resulting in a $500,000 fine for Belichick, a $250,000 fine for the team and the loss of a first-round draft pick — no team in the NFL should be as diligent as the Patriots when it comes to checks and balances for video personnel.

Bill Belichick is in a fight for his reputation

  Bill Belichick is in a fight for his reputation Bill Belichick is in a fight for his reputationAsk Belichick a question he doesn’t want to answer, or he deems ill-informed, and you get a predictable result.

In other words, if you are functioning at an NFL game with a video camera while wearing Patriots gear, there are some ground rules that should have been explained by somebody in that smart organization. In a statement released on Monday night, the Patriots maintained they accept “full responsibility” for the incident. Apparently, the team contends, someone wasn’t aware that they violated policy.

Maybe an entrance exam needs to be required before hiring videographers who wear Patriots gear.

First question: Have you ever heard of Spygate?

There’s no reason to jump to the conclusion that Spygate 2.0 has arrived. Unless something really sinister is uncovered by the NFL’s investigation, this isn’t about demanding that Belichick needs to be docked a draft pick again. But it is about the integrity of The Shield that Goodell speaks so passionately about. If there are rules prohibiting filming the sidelines, they were instituted for a reason and if not followed are subjected to a stiff fine. Or worse. Otherwise, why have such rules?

This, too, goes beyond the Patriots. What about the rest of the 32 teams?

If the Patriots get a pass on this, there are a few other NFL teams that could use some extra video.

Follow USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell on Twitter @JarrettBell.

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