NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is conducting a thorough investigation into the New England Patriots to see if they used a video crew to try and cheat.
“Obviously it’s under review,” Goodell said to the media while in Dallas … “We’re gonna be thorough, and take our time.”
Goodell was also asked if the Patriots history of using illegal surveillance — aka the 2007 Spygate scandal — would factor in to the investigation.
“Of course that’s a factor. The key things are the new information that we have. That [old] information we obviously already have. But I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident?”
As we previously reported, the Cincinnati Bengals told the NFL a Patriots staffer was illegally shooting video of their sidelines during a game. The Patriots admitted wrongdoing but insist it was a mistake and not intentional. The team is adamant they did NOT cheat.
There was A LOT more during the media event … Goodell was also asked about Colin Kaepernick and Antonio Brown.
When asked about the Colin Kaepernick workout, Goodell said — “It was about opportunity, a credible opportunity. He chose not to take it, and I understand that.”
Colin famously backed out of the Nov. 16 workout — organized by the NFL — over a dispute regarding media access and the legal language on the workout injury waiver.
Instead, Kaepernick held his own workout at a nearby high school and called for interested teams to hit up his agent. So far, he’s still unsigned.
As for Antonio Brown … Goodell was questioned about the league investigation into sexual assault and harassment claims against the WR.
Goodell says the probe is “still not completed” — adding, “They have more work to do.”