The New England Patriots, after being at the center of two scandals worthy of the infamous 'gate' suffix in recent years, for better or worse, have their cards marked as an NFL franchise to keep your eye on when it comes to playing by the rules.
And, unfortunately for those wanting to move on after last week's rescinding of Tom Brady's suspension, a new report from ESPN today looking into the 2007 spygate scandal has highlighted Bill Belichick and co. remain under scrutiny.
We all know the Patriots were disciplined eight years ago having been found guilty of videotaping Jets coaches' signals during a game. ESPN's latest report, however, suggests the practice was far more widespread than many had assumed.
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Rather than a brief attempt by the New England Patriots to gain an advantage - albeit one of that was legal at the time depending on where you filmed from - the Patriots' videotaping tactic went on for several seasons.
Per the Outside the Lines report the extent of spygate was quite staggering:
"At least 40 games over a period of several seasons from 2000 to 2007."
Considering the Patriots franchise were punished by the NFL for the controversy almost a decade ago now, fans of the New England team have been quick to claim the league's underhand tactics concerning this latest report.
With the outcome of deflategate leaving the NFL, and commissioner Roger Goodell, red-faced, many Pats fans are certain this latest report is little more than a stunt to get back at the reigning Super Bowl champions.
As for the New England Patriots' official response to the new information now in the public domain? The team released their own statement this afternoon:
One thing is for certain, the courts may have have had their say but the debate doesn't look like going away any time soon.
Patriots fans: What do you think about the recent report and its claims? Have your say in the comments below...
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