Patriots fined, lose draft pick for 2019 TV crew incident

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The New England Patriots have been punished for their latest transgression. The latest incident happened in December 2019. 

The Patriots sent TV crews to film the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns game on December 8th. The crew was caught by security filming the sidelines. 

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One week later, the Patriots were scheduled to face the Bengals on December 15th. 

New England has been hit with fines that total $1.1 million. In addition, the Patriots have lost their third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as punishment for this violation. 

Also, the TV crews have been banned from filming any team during the upcoming 2020 season.

The Patriots were previously caught in 2007 videotaping the New York Jets coaches. It was known as SpyGate. 

Video taping coaches is not illegal but there are designated areas that teams are supposed to film. 

At the time, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000. At the time, it was the largest fine ever given to a coach. 

Also, the Patriots lost their first-round draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft. New England was also fined $250,000. 

Several years later, New England was caught in Deflategate. It was alleged that Tom Brady ordered team officials to deflate footballs during the 2014 AFC Conference Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, 2015. 

Brady was suspended four games for his alleged involvement in the matter even after appealing his suspension for some time. 

New England was also fined $1 million and lost their first-round pick during the 2016 NFL Draft. 

The team also lost their fourth-round draft pick for the 2017 NFL Draft.

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