Pats fined $1.1M, lose pick for filming game last season

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The NFL fined the New England Patriots $1.1 million and took away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft among the punishments for their television crew's filming the field and sideline during a December 8 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

The league has also taken away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft and banned the team's production crew from filming any games in the 2020 season. In addition, the Patriots are banned from having production crews film in any stadium in 2020 and the leader of the crew has been permanently banned from National Football League facilities.

Videographer David Mondillo, who was reportedly suspended by the Patriots at the time of the league's investigation and subsequently fired, is banned from NFL facilities indefinitely, according to Reiss. The league stripped New England of a first-round pick in 2007 and fined the team $250,000 for illegally recording opponents' signals. The team issued a statement acknowledging a rules violation and saying a crew was in Cleveland to get film for a video story on an advance scout for the team's "Do Your Job" video series.

"The sole goal of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road", the Patriots' statement said.

At the time, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff had watched any of the video footage. "There was no intention of using the footage for any other objective". Then, comes the news the team is being penalized for its episode of filming of the Bengals' sideline in the 2019 season.

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