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NFL investigating Bengals complaint about Patriots filming their sideline in Week 14 [UPDATE]

Television cameras roam the sidelines prior to Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

UPDATE #2: The Patriots released a statement accepting blame for a film crew filming an area they shouldn’t have been filming as part of the documentary series.

UPDATE: Beat writer Doug Kyed is reporting the Patriots had a camera crew in Cleveland to shoot a documentary on an advance scout attending the Bengals-Browns game. The Patriots reportedly cleared it with the Browns, but the Bengals reported it to the league. They were concerned the videographer was getting their sideline in the shot as well, per Albert Breer.

The whole situation sounds a little ridiculous at this point. It sounds entirely innocent, but I can also imagine the concern given the Patriots history.


The NFL is investigating the New England Patriots for filming the Cincinnati Bengals sideline from the press box this past Sunday. The Patriots and Bengals meet in Week 15, and this would suggest an advance scout was responsible.

The Patriots have been investigated multiple times for bending or outright breaking the rules when it comes to preparing for an opponent. It’s a cut-throat league, but there’s something moderately amusing about the Patriots potentially feeling the need to cheat to beat the 1-12 Bengals.