National Football League takes draft pick, fines Patriots for filming Bengals bench

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The NFL has handed out several penalties, including a $1.1 million fine and a loss of a third-round pick, to the New England Patriots for filming at a Bengals game, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Separately, the league fined the Patriots $1 million and took away a 2016 first-round draft pick over Deflategate, which also resulted in a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady.

Additionally, the Patriots production crew has been banned from filming games in the 2020 season.

David Mondillo, the Kraft Sports and Entertainment videographer responsible for videotaping the sideline, has been banned from National Football League facilities until further notice. The Patriots' explanation was that a video crew hired by the organization mistakenly "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box" for a "Do Your Job" video series on an advance scout to publish on the team website. Prior to the league's discipline, Mondillo was terminated by the Patriots.

"The sole objective of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road, " the team said at the time. The NFL confiscated the footage for the purposes of its investigation. The league fined the Patriots $250,000, confiscated a first-round draft pick in 2007 NFL draft and Belichick was fined $500,000.

The Bengals played the Browns Dec. 8 in Cleveland, before hosting the Patriots the next week on December 15. Shortly after the incident, the Patriots declared that head coach Bill Belichick had zero involvement with the spying.



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