A resolution to the NFL's investigation into the New England Patriots videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline in Cleveland last weekend is not likely to be announced Wednesday.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent provided a brief statement on the status of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
NFL exec Troy Vincent, on the #Patriots-#Bengals investigation: “It’s pending. I’m still gathering information and we’ll continue that when we return to New York.” ... So no resolution expected today.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2019
The Athletic reported Tuesday the Patriots' tape has about eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals' sideline.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that he and the football staff had absolutely nothing to do with the video crew that was present at the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland.
The Patriots said Monday in a statement that the video crew was at FirstEnergy Stadium to get footage for an upcoming episode of the team's "Do Your Job" series that runs on Patriots.com. The team noted in the statement that its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping was an "unintended oversight". The Patriots also admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box."
The defending Super Bowl champs play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is the Patriots' final road game of the regular season.
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