According to NFL.com, the footage shows coaches signaling on the Bengals sideline.
According to The Athletic, the eight-minute video shows a “direct view” of the Bengals sideline and keeps its focus there the entire time, which seems to contradict what the Patriots said in their statement.
Although New England admitted that the team’s video crew “inappropriately filmed the field from the press box,” the Patriots also added that “the sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road.”
If that was the sole purpose of the video, it’s hard to imagine why they would need eight straight minutes of film from the Bengals sideline.
If they were making a documentary like they said, they could have simply asked the Bengals to shoot the footage for them.
Instead, they kept both the Bengals AND the NFL out of the loop when they made the decision to shoot the video.
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