Patriots' employee has video camera confiscated
September 10, 2007
BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT (TICKER) --
A New England Patriots' employee had his video camera and its tape confiscated by NFL security on the sidelines during Sunday's 38-14 victory over the New York Jets, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The report said that the Patriots were thought to be video-taping the Jets' defensive coaches, who were giving signals to players on the field.
If true, the incident would be in violation of NFL policy, the web site reported, and could cost the Patriots a future draft pick or picks.
"We don't have any comment," an NFL spokesman said in the report.
It also was reported that the NFL's competition committee could have a conference call to discuss the incident, which would be a second-time violation for New England.
ESPN.com said that Green Bay Packers team president Bob Harlan confirmed that the same coach was accused of a similar violation when the Patriots played at Lambeau Field on November 19, 2006. He was removed from the field.
"From what I can remember, he had quite a fit when we took him out," Harlan said in the report. "We had gotten word before the game that (the Patriots) did this sort of thing, so we were looking for it."
ESPN.com cited that both the Jets and Patriots did not provide an immediate comment.