Roger Goodell: Patriots' history will play role in latest videotape incident

Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2019 - 5:10 pm
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By now everyone knows about the Patriots and the videotape incident last Sunday in Cleveland where video was shot of the Bengals sideline for a "Do Your Job" feature on an advance scout.

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Of course, that is illegal and the Patriots have admitted full responsibility, but maintained the football side of the organization was not involved.

Now the question is what will the league do?

Speaking at the NFL winter meetings in Texas Wednesday, Roger Goodell was asked if the Patriots' past history with videotaping will factor into their punishment.

“Of course that is a factor," he said. "But I think the key things are the new information that we have -- that information we obviously already had. I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident."

Will a punishment come down before the end of the season?

“I don’t have an anticipation," he said. "We’re going to be thorough and we’re going to get all the facts and we’re going to go from there.”

Another topic to come up was Antonio Brown and the league's investigation with him.

"They still have not completed the investigation," Goodell said. "The investigators did, I did not meet with with Antonio. But they have more work to do, they are following up on that. I will get an update when they have more information."

It appears very likely Brown will not play in the NFL this season.

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