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Investigation into Patriots recording Bengals sideline coming to an end

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All that’s left is the waiting.

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Remember when the Patriots video taped the Bengals sideline during a Browns game a week before they played the Bengals? It happened so long ago no one could blame you for forgetting. The course of action between Dec. 8th and now has been incredibly slow, but it seems like the end is coming.

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes that there isn’t much left in the investigation other than the waiting:

Last week, NFL Security completed what was believed to be the final interview with a Patriots employee. Now the security officials must write up their report, then hand it up the chain of command, where it will eventually land on the desk of commissioner Roger Goodell, who will approve of a final course of action.

The fact the process has taken this long suggest anything major is off the table. Initially, there was an outcry for action to be taken against New England during the season, but that never transpired. It seems like the most likely scenarios are either the Patriots getting a slap on the wrist just because of their history or nothing at all.

The Patriots already suspended the producer of the web series that was responsible for gathering the footage. The NFL will have to determine how much of a tie the people recording actually have with the Patriots. Although, it seems pretty contradictory coming from the league that told former Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict that he wouldn’t be treated with the same standards of the other NFL players. Seems like New England’s history of cheating warrants them the same treatment.