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This article is from ESPN.com

NFL security confiscated a video camera and its tape from a New England Patriots employee on the team's sideline during Sunday's game against the Jets in a suspected spying incident, sources said.

The camera and its tape were placed in a sealed box and forwarded to the league office for investigation, the sources said.

"We don't have any comment," an NFL spokesman said Monday.

The Patriots' cameraman was suspected of aiming his camera at the Jets' defensive coaches who were sending signals to their unit on the field, the sources said. The league also is investigating some radio frequency issues that occurred during the game.

The league's competition committee could conduct a conference call about the incident, which violates NFL policy, and ultimately recommend a penalty that could cost the Patriots a future draft pick or picks if it verifies that the team was spying on the Jets.

"It's not their first time," a member of the committee, who did not wish to be identified, said.

In fact, Green Bay Packers president Bob Harlan confirmed a similar incident that occurred when the Patriots played at Lambeau Field last Nov. 19. The same cameraman who was questioned by NFL security on Sunday was also the one whom the Packers removed from the sideline and escorted from the field during their 2006 game, according to Packers security official Doug Collins.

"From what I can remember, he had quite a fit when we took him out," Harlan said. "We had gotten word before the game that they [the Patriots] did this sort of thing, so we were looking for it."

A Jets official declined comment Monday, directing an inquiry to the league office. The Patriots also did not have immediate comment.
 

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I think this sort of thing is more common than most fans would guess. Remember the allegations against the Giants in the NFC title game vs. the Vikings in 2000? I forget the exact details, but there were reasons to believe they'd intercepted playcalls from the booth. I remember an ESPN segment where they broke things down and it sure smelled funny.

I have no doubts the Pats might have done this. I just don't think they're alone.
 

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No doubt they aren't alone but to use the same guy??? Come on he couldn't get it done last year so you let him try again????




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How could anyone think that the great sainted Belicheck would cheat? After all he is the man who regularly converts former bad boys into first class good citizens, (Dillon, Moss, Harrison?) and would never be associated with CHEATING to gain an advantage.

Oh forget it. Of course they cheated. They ALL cheat. The Patriots just got caught.
 

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How could anyone think that the great sainted Belicheck would cheat? After all he is the man who regularly converts former bad boys into first class good citizens, (Dillon, Moss, Harrison?) and would never be associated with CHEATING to gain an advantage.

Oh forget it. Of course they cheated. They ALL cheat. The Patriots just got caught.
I pretty much agree there. You have to be more discrete about it. I also think they also picked up a former jet the week before a game against them, then cut the guy the week after just for spying purposes. But other AFC East teams tend to try too raid the Pats for players as well.

Maybe the Patriots are turning into the New Raiders!!! Though they have dumped players like Katzenmoyer after some off field problems. I think they have been sure that the players with problems on other teams are willing to work in their system.
 

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I knew there was a reason that they always knew where Peyton was throwing it!

Looks like they might lose a draft pick or two, the NFL I guess takes this pretty seriously.

Personally I don't see the big deal. But then I am not in the NFL. I know many college teams just have 4 or 5 guys signaling plays in. This would seem to be the easiest way to combat cheating, low-life, scum of the earth, toe jam, evil in a hoodie,................whoa, don't know where that came from.

go colts!
 

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I pretty much agree there. You have to be more discrete about it. I also think they also picked up a former jet the week before a game against them, then cut the guy the week after just for spying purposes. But other AFC East teams tend to try too raid the Pats for players as well.

Maybe the Patriots are turning into the New Raiders!!! Though they have dumped players like Katzenmoyer after some off field problems. I think they have been sure that the players with problems on other teams are willing to work in their system.
I would have no problem with the Pats becoming an outlaw program since we are often accused of being one.By the way, Katzenmoyer was released after being unable to continue playing following neck surgery not because of any off field behavior.
 

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I agree with the competitive advantage line of reasoning. That is the politically correct word to use and then if and when you get caught the word changes to cheater!!

Thin line, but only if you don't get caught. I say this taints the Pats as the team of the decade and we should just give it to whomever won it last decade.

yeah I think it was the Cowboys, works for me!!!!:ss

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I would have no problem with the Pats becoming an outlaw program since we are often accused of being one.By the way, Katzenmoyer was released after being unable to continue playing following neck surgery not because of any off field behavior.
I guess I am confusing him with someone else. I think they drafted someone in the second or third round who ended up having a couple of arrests in the past. He got released without even playing.

They were also the first team that really came out and said they would not draft Randy Moss if he was available. I think I remember Moss's agent making some pretty nasty comments about the Patiriots then. But now I guess things are smoothed over. And compared to T.O., Moss is looking like Mother Theresa.
 

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I don't see the big deal about trying to spy on the opposing team. Especially when the opposing team is out in the open. It's not like they were pulling a watergate and breaking into team offices in the middle of the night.
 

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Belichick will do anything to win, great coach but the jury is out on him being human,:r

They all cheat, or I mean try to get that competitive edge in all sports. I actually understand that, with what it takes to be a successful professional athlete or coach with the competition they have to beat out its well within the realm of reality to do anything it takes to be the best, cheese and crackers look at the dough those bastages make. Kind of like all the bull butter that Politicians have to sling to be elected.

If theres competition, theres cheating at some level. But then again I'm a cynic.:2
 
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