Broncos busted for video violation
New England’s Spygate culprit strikes again with Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The NFL fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels US$ 50,000 each because the team’s video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.
The NFL investigation determined Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it.
But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not promptly reported, as required by the league.
“ We certainly did not view or do anything with the footage, and he was made aware that it was something we didn’t condone in our organization,” McDaniels said Saturday. “ I failed to follow through and report it to the proper individuals in our organization and with the league.”
Scarnecchia and McDaniels previously worked for the New England Patriots, who were found to have violated league rules when they videotaped New York Jets coaches sending in signals during a game four years ago in a scandal dubbed Spygate.
Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis said the team was aware Scarnecchia had been involved in Spygate, but not the specifics, when hired.
“ He knew full well coming in what was expected of him in terms of the type of behaviour we expect out of him,” Ellis said on a conference call.
Scarnecchia was fired by the Broncos and notified by commissioner Roger Goodell that as a repeat violator of league rules regarding integrity he faced a hearing to determine if he would be banned from the NFL.
NFL executive vice-president Jeff Pash said there was no evidence McDaniels was involved with the videotaping in New England.
The investigation concerned practices at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 30, the day before the 49ers’ 24-16 win over the Broncos. It was the only time the teams worked out on the same field in London.
Ellis said the Broncos promptly notified the NFL after their executives learned of the violation. He declined to reveal how they became aware.
“ Their ownership and executives had their moral compass pointing in right direction,” Pash said.
— The Associated Press
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels was fined $ 50,000 for failing to report that club employee Steve Scarnecchia ( inset) had broken NFL rules by videotaping a rival team’s practice.