Bill Belichick agitated by continued questions about videotaping issue

Andy Hart
December 11, 2019 - 12:39 pm
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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has actually somewhat openly discussed the ongoing controversy surrounding Kraft Sports Productions’ taping the Bengals’ sideline from the press box at Sunday’s game against the Browns in Cleveland.

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He did so on WEEI on Monday.

He did so on Tuesday’s conference call with the local media.

That, combined with the statement released by the team on Monday night, seemingly has Belichick at the end of his rope in regards to an issue that he continues to declare as nothing to do the with football operations side of things in New England.

“The football team, the football staff and the coaching staff had nothing to do with what happened. Nothing,” Belichick said emphatically, interrupting the first question of his Wednesday morning press conference. “So we had no involvement in it.”

A KSP employee and two free-lance workers were following a Patriots’ advance scout on the road for a popular Web series called “Do Your Job” that highlights some of the work of behind the scenes members of the New England organization. When asked if the scout was aware of the rules being broken by filming Cincy’s sideline, Belichick again interrupted the questioner.

“He was doing his job. That’s what he was doing, he was doing his job. Like we all try to do,” Belichick said. “That’s what the football team and the football staff and the coaching staff did, last week try to do their job for Kansas City and then Cincinnati and then Buffalo next week. That’s it. So.”

Growing more agitated, Belichick cut off the next question before it even began.

“I just answered the question. That’s it. No involvement in it. Zero,” Belichick said.

A follow-up question wondered if the Patriots had heard from the League office yet regarding the issue and a possible punishment.

“I’ve told you…Mr. Kraft made a statement, the team made a statement, that’s…I do not have anything to add,” Belichick said, restating the final comment when asked if he’d reached out to the Bengals at all. “I do not have anything to add. Do not have anything to add.”

About six minutes later in the press conference, a reporter made one last attempt to address the latest mini-scandal in New England, wondering how there could be a disconnect regarding the rules between the football operations and the content department.

“I don’t have anything to add to it. I don’t know how many times I need to say that?,” Belichick said.

Plenty of times, apparently.

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