The NFL hit the New England Patriots with new penalties Sunday after members of their TV team were spotted recording from the Cincinnati Bengals' press box during a game against the Cleveland Browns last season.
According to ESPN, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million and will lose a third-round pick in 2021 NFL Draft.
The taping incident occurred December 8 as the Bengals played the Cleveland Browns, a week before the Patriots were scheduled to play Cincinnati.More news: COVID-19: B.C. health officials reopening care homes to family visits
Senior officials with the Patriots will also have required training on league operation and game policies, Reiss reports. "There was no intention of using footage for any other goal".
The NFL also banned David Mondillo, who was suspended by the team at the time of the NFL investigation, from NFL facilities until further notice.
The Patriots did not deny their film crew shot the video, but said the crew was there as part of a team website series entitled, "Do Your Job", for posting on the team's website.More news: Shale pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy
The Patriots defeated the Bengals 34-13 a week later. "When questioned, the crew immediately turned over all footage to the league and cooperated fully".
At the time, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff had watched any of the video footage.
The punishments come over six months after the league launched an investigation into Patriots for violating league rules by filming an opponent's sideline during a game.More news: Gilead Sciences Announces Pricing for COVID-19 Treatment Remdesivir
Spygate fueled a distrust of the Patriots that persisted when the team was accused of illegally deflating the footballs used in the 2015 AFC championship game.