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There are conflicting reports regarding the Patriots-Bengals taping investigation

Does anyone know what’s going on?

New England Patriots vCincinnati Bengals Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Back in December, the New England Patriots were caught filming the Cincinnati Bengals during their game with the Cleveland Browns.

This came just a week before New England traveled to Cincinnati, causing the NFL to launch an investigation into potential cheating on the Patriots part.

While New England claims the film crew was working on a piece about an advanced scout rather than taping the Bengals sideline, the investigation has been ongoing for nearly a month.

This weekend, both ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport provided updates on the investigation; both the reports were conflicting.

Schefter reported that “The investigation is ongoing, and there has been no discussion of any potential discipline. Any suggestion of potential discipline or a timeline on an announcement is pure speculation.”

Rapoport’s report was much different as he said the Patriots “Did, in fact, commit a game-day violation and they are expected to be disciplined for taping the Bengals sidelines.. What’s not clear is if there is a link back to football operations, as not all security reports are back to the NFL offices.”

With Schefter and Rapoport being two of the NFL’s most trusted Insider’s, it’s hard to tell which report is more accurate. Thus no one will likely really know if the Patriots will indeed be punished or let off the hook until the league makes a formal announcement.