New England Patriots Accused of Cheating

by Sean Hackbarth

I thought the New England Patriots were so damn good because they have great players like Tom Brady and a great coach in Bill Belichick. Both may be true, but there could be a nefarious aspect to the team’s success: cheating:

The NFL is looking into claims a New England Patriots employee was videotaping signals by Jets coaches on New York’s sideline during the season opener.

The investigation was first reported by ESPN.com, which said that NFL security confiscated a video camera and tape from a Patriots employee during New England’s 38-14 victory Sunday. The employee was accused of aiming his camera at the Jets’ defensive coaches, who were sending signals out to the players, sources told the Web site.

“The rule is that no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches’ booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game,” the league said in a statement from spokesman Greg Aiello. “Clubs have specifically been reminded in the past that the videotaping of an opponent’s offensive or defensive signals on the sidelines is prohibited.

“We are looking into whether the Patriots violated this rule.”

Last season, the Green Bay Packers kicked the same cameraman off the field during their game against the Patriots.

“NFL Investigates Claim Patriots Spied on Jets

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