Spygate 2.0 is about the New England Patriots getting accused again for cheating. However, things may end up in the Patriots’ favor this time. The Patriots have provided an explanation for their rule-breaking, but the Cincinnati Bengals have provided almost no comment on the situation.
Here’s What We Know So Far about Spygate 2.0…
Timeline on Spygate 2.0 from https://patriotswire.usatoday.com/
Spygate 2.0 started on Dec. 9, 2019:
Zac Taylor issues no comment on a question about rumors the Patriots videotaped Cincinnati’s sideline. There had been no prior report of the incident. The first indication of the Patriots’ transgression came at the mention of a reporter during a press conference.
Reports come with an explanation for the Patriots’ error. New England made the mistake while filming a video series for Patriots.com. A video team filmed the sideline in an effort to generate a b-roll for a video that chronicled the day-to-day life of an advance scout. The producer didn’t realize he was breaking the rules.
The Patriots admit to wrongdoing. New England released a statement to admit its video team inadvertently filmed the Bengals’ sideline as a part of a video series. “We accept full responsibility for the actions of our production crew at the Browns-Bengals game,” the Patriots said in the statement.
The next day on Dec. 10, 2019:
Patriots coach Bill Belichick distances himself from the scandal.“I have no involvement in this or knowledge of it,” Belichick said. “I really don’t have any idea what exactly is going on. I can tell you that we’ve never as a coaching staff — I personally have never used any video footage at all, anything that those production people have done other than what’s shown on public television or something like that.”
I believe that now that the game is over so is Bill about Spygate 2.0.
Moving on…Dec. 12, 2019:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits Patriots’ history with the first Spygate will be a ‘factor’ as league determines a punishment.“It’s under review,” Goodell said. “We’re going to be thorough. We’re going to take our time and make sure we look at everything that’s pertinent here and make a decision. One of the things I’ve learned is you don’t draw conclusions until you have all the information. From our standpoint, I won’t look at all the information. Once we have all the information then we draw conclusions.”
Bengals Head Coach, Zac Taylor says he has no regrets about his handling of the scandal. He had “no comment” when asked multiple times about the Patriots’ videotaping violation. When asked if he had any regrets about the situation, Taylor said, “No.”
And Then On Dec. 15, 2019:
The Patriots beat the Bengals, 34-13, in Cincinnati. New England’s defense put together a dominant second half, which included a pick-six from cornerback Stephon Gilmore. Tom Brady and the passing offense had some issues, but New England’s running game compensated at 5.5 yards per carry.
The Patriots.com producer issues a statement to explain how the mistake happened.“We interviewed and shot the Patriots scout sitting in a chair watching the action and panned back and forth from him to what he was seeing on the sidelines,” supervising producer of Kraft Sports and Entertainment David Mondillo said in the statement. “We also took footage of the field as the intent was to show what he was looking at when he looked through his binoculars watching the game. At that point, I went to the restroom and when I came back, my cameraman was told to stop shooting by someone from the NFL and he was joined by two others from the Bengals organization and an additional NFL security person.”
On Dec. 16, 2019…Brady is over Spygate 2.0
Tom Brady brushes off the accusations and the scandal.“I don’t think any player gave it one second of thought,” Brady told WEEI sports radio in a weekly interview. “… You just move on, man. There’s a lot of distractions out there and if you lose focus on your job, that is really a waste of your time. There’s a lot of people out there — they can create distractions for us, but we just want to go out there and focus on what we can do and what our job is and try and go out there and play the best we possibly can.”
In Conclusion… I believe that Spygate 2.0 is over
After all of the stuff above, what it boils down to is that we really do not know a damn thing on whether the NFL will do anything about Spygate 2.0. It seems the Patriots have moved on and are continuing their quest to the Super Bowl. To quote the Ghost Hunters, “On to the Next.” Which by the way, is the Buffalo Bills.
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