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Bill Belichick doubles down in response to videotaping allegations: 'I had no idea'

Bill Belichick doubles down in response to videotaping allegations: 'I had no idea'

Bill Belichick is sticking to his guns.

The Patriots head coach said Tuesday he learned Monday afternoon the NFL was investigating his team for having a film crew in Cleveland for Sunday's Browns-Bengals game.

Echoing his comments from Monday, Belichick said the investigation caught him completely off-guard.

"I had no idea what it was about," Belichick said on a conference call. "And then I got an explanation -- I think the organization released that explanation or something similar to that. That's really all I know about it."

The Patriots explained in statement that the film crew was in Cleveland to shoot a segment for the team's "Do Your Job" video series highlighting one of New England's advance scouts.

The Patriots took responsibility for any wrongdoing but claimed the production crew was "independent" from New England's football operation.

Belichick adamantly insisted that was the case Tuesday.

"Again, 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.

"We don't have anything to do with what they do, so I really don't have much knowledge of the situation at all."

That's a pretty passionate defense from Belichick, who broke from his "on to Cincinnati" mantra in an attempt to set the record straight.

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Patriots pick Alabama star in Mel Kiper's first 2020 NFL mock draft

Patriots pick Alabama star in Mel Kiper's first 2020 NFL mock draft

The New England Patriots' preparation for the 2020 NFL Draft is well underway.

Multiple members of the Patriots were in Alabama this week for the Senior Bowl, including head coach Bill Belichick. Patriots scouts reportedly were "gushing" over SMU wide receiver Jordan Proche, who plays at a position New England would be wise to upgrade through the draft.

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The Patriots have plenty of defensive needs as well, and ESPN's Mel Kiper has the AFC East champs bolstering their secondary in his first 2020 NFL mock draft of the season. 

Here's part of Kiper's rationale for slotting Alabama safety Xavier McKinney to the Patriots with the 23rd pick in the first round.

...They have a few other important free agents, though, including safety Devin McCourty and linebacker Jamie Collins, who had a resurgent season. That's why I like the fit of McKinney, my top-ranked safety after I took a closer look at his 2019 tape. He's a complete player and is versatile, which is a trait Bill Belichick values. McKinney also has another thing Belichick likes: He played for Belichick's buddy Nick Saban.

NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Phil Perry also had McKinney going to the Patriots in his first 2020 NFL mock draft.

McKinney played three seasons with the Crimson Tide and set career highs in 2019 with 95 total tackles, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. He also tallied five passes defensed and three sacks. One of McKinney's best games of the season came against No. 1 ranked and eventual national champions LSU, where he tallied 13 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Alabama's 46-41 loss.

The Patriots have one of the league's most talented secondaries, but it's not a young group. Devin McCourty is an unrestricted free agent at 32 years old. His brother, Jason, also is 32 and has one more year left on his contract. Veteran safeties Duron Harmon (29 years old) and Patrick Chung (32 years old) are at the end of their primes. The NFL is a passing league, so it would behoove the Patriots to add some new blood to their defensive backfield.

McKinney is one of the top defensive backs in the 2020 draft class, and he obviously was well coached by Nick Saban and played in many big games as an Alabama starter.

Perry: LSU WR Jefferson movin' up draft boards

Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, reportedly spent night in Florida jail

Antonio Brown arrested on three charges, reportedly spent night in Florida jail

Antonio Brown faces yet another legal battle.

The former New England Patriots wide receiver turned himself in to Broward County (Fla.) Jail at around 10 p.m. ET on Thursday night after a warrant was issued for his arrest, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reported. TMZ Sports first reported the news.

According to Broward County Jail arrest records, Brown faces three charges -- burglary with assault or battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief -- with a total bond of $10,000.

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Brown had a bond hearing set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning at Broward County Courthouse, his lawyer told Wolfe, indicating that the 31-year-old spent the night in jail. 

The charges stem from a Tuesday incident outside Brown's Hollywood, Fla., home in which he and his trainer, Glenn Holt, allegedly assaulted a moving truck driver.

Brown allegedly threw a rock at the moving truck and later physically struck the driver inside of the truck over a payment dispute, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Police arrested Holt at the time, but Brown allegedly locked himself in his home and wouldn't cooperate with police until finally turning himself in Thursday night.

The NFL is still investigating Brown over an allegation of sexual assault made by his former trainer and a separate allegation of sexual misconduct.

The veteran wide receiver, who played one game for the Patriots in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, has expressed a desire to return to the NFL, but it appears he has bigger problems on his hands.