New England Patriots fined $1.1m by National Football League for Spygate sequel

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

The illegal filming procedure took place during a December 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

The Patriots were fined $1 million and lost a 2016 first-round draft pick for "Deflategate", which resulted from the NFL determining then-Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflation of footballs used in the Patriots' victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship game. The organization's production crews will also not be allowed to shoot any games during the 2020 season, and senior club officials will have required training on league operation and game policies.

The Patriots had not issued a statement as of Monday morning about the penalties, though a spokesperson confirmed to ESPN that the team would not appeal.

The taping incident occurred December 8 as the Bengals played the Cleveland Browns, a week before the Patriots were scheduled to play Cincinnati. "There was no intention of using footage for any other goal".

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The Bengals played the Browns Dec. 8 in Cleveland, before hosting the Patriots the next week on December 15.

The NFL also banned David Mondillo, who was suspended by the Patriots at the time of the NFL investigation, from NFL facilities until further notice.

When confronted, the team said the crew "immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully".

The Patriots acknowledged the crew violated league rules - unknowingly, they say. The league stripped New England of a first-round pick in 2007 and fined the team $250,000 for illegally recording opponents' signals.

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