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    Broncos official on leave amid probe

    November 27, 2010, 10:40 AM ET
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    In a case reminiscent of the New England Patriots' Spygate scandal of 2007-08, the Denver Broncos have fallen under the microscope of the NFL for possible impermissible videotaping of an opponent, The Denver Post has reported.

    Broncos chief operating officer Joe Ellis confirmed to the newspaper Friday that the league was reviewing the team's possible filming of the San Francisco 49ers from before their London game of Week 8. Team sources told the paper that the Broncos were actively working with the league in regard to the investigation.


    The team's video operations director, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a "personal leave of absence" while the NFL's investigation takes place, Ellis told The Post. He declined to address the matter further. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment when reached by The Post.

    The Broncos lost the London game 24-16. The investigation is focused on walk-through practice sessions held the day before at Wembley Stadium, according to the report.

    Scarnecchia, who also declined comment, worked for the Patriots along with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels in 2008, when commissioner Roger Goodell docked their first-round draft pick for that year and fined coach Bill Belichick $500,000 for a violation of NFL rules that bar teams from filming opponents' signals. The Patriots, who were found to have videotaped New York Jets coaches during a 2006 game, were fined an additional $250,000.

    McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator that season, having been promoted from quarterbacks coach in 2006 to make him the youngest coordinator in the league at the time.

    McDaniels said at his introduction as Broncos coach that the videotaping scandal "didn't really affect" the team.

    "That situation was something that happened," McDaniels said at a January 2009 news conference. "I was not aware of that. I wasn't aware of it and all the things that did happen in terms of that whole scenario. It really didn't affect us, to tell you the truth. It was all about preparation and trying to do whatever we felt was best that week. It really didn't have anything to do with that.

    "I don't think it is good. To have that kind of attention was a distraction, and I think that is how we all treated it. We tried to do the best we could to limit those distractions every week, and it will be no different here. Certainly we are never looking to do anything that is not within the rules established by the National Football League. They determined the punishment on that, and it was what it was and we moved on."

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    Taping 49ers' practice draws $50K fines for Broncos, McDanielsNFL.com Wire Reports
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    The NFL fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each after an employee violated the league's integrity-of-the-game policy by videotaping a six-minute portion of the San Francisco 49ers' Oct. 30 practice at Wembley Stadium in London.


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    The Broncos and NFL made the announcement Saturday, nearly one month after the 49ers' 24-16 victory over the Broncos on Oct. 31

    The Broncos informed the NFL that team video director Steve Scarnecchia took the video and presented it that day to McDaniels, who declined to view it. However, McDaniels was fined because he failed to report the incident as required by league policy.

    "I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London," McDaniel said in a statement released by the Broncos. "The actions of this individual are in no way representative of the values and integrity held by myself, our players and coaches, and the entire Denver Broncos organization.

    "I understand the punishment from the National Football League and support its commitment to the integrity of the game. We have addressed the situation internally to assure that nothing like this happens again."

    The Broncos also were fined because they are responsible for their employees' actions.

    "The Denver Broncos and I, as the qwner, believe in the integrity of the National Football League and fair competition and do not, in any way, condone this type of behavior," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. "The fact that an employee of the Denver Broncos would take such action is personally disappointing to me. I apologize to all affected by this incident. ...

    "This incident cuts into the trust and respect our fans, our ticket holders, our community and our fellow competitors have for our organization. That is why the Denver Broncos, upon learning of this violation, immediately investigated this matter and reported the incident to the league.

    The Broncos terminated Scarnecchia's employment for cause. Also, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Scarnecchia that, as a repeat violator of league rules relating to the integrity of the game, he will be the subject of a hearing to determine whether or not he should be barred from the league.

    Scarnecchia and McDaniels previously worked for the New England Patriots, who were found to have videotaped New York Jets coaches sending in signals during a game four years ago. The NFL bans such videotaping and issued $750,000 in fines against the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots also were stripped of their 2008 first-round draft pick.

    Scarnecchia worked for the Patriots between 2001 and 2005. McDaniels, who worked in New England from 2001 to 2009, hired Scarnecchia in Denver shortly after becoming the Broncos' coach 22 months ago.

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    The league found that Broncos executives were made aware of the videotaping on Nov. 8, after the team's return from London.

    After conducting an internal review, Broncos executives contacted the NFL office on Nov. 12 and requested a meeting to report the apparent violation. On the morning of Nov. 16, Broncos executives, including owner Pat Bowlen, met with NFL staff in New York to disclose Scarnecchia's actions.

    Based on the report, NFL Security promptly began an investigation, which included interviews of Broncos personnel in Denver on Nov. 18 and 19. NFL Security also arranged for a forensic analysis of the laptop computers used by the video department, which confirmed that the practice had been recorded. NFL Security retained the tape.

    "The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the results of the league's investigation involving the Denver Broncos," the 49ers said Saturday in a statement. "The situation has been addressed by the NFL, therefore, the team will not be commenting any further."

    The fines are the latest embarrassment for a Broncos team that has lost 15 of 20 games for the first time since 1971 and 1972. The Broncos were blown out 59-14 by the archrival Oakland Raiders last month in what many consider the worst home loss in the team's 51-year history.

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    More bull**** from the Belicheat tree. If Goodell doesn't think the Pats aren't still taping he should have his head examined. The difference between the Pats and everyone else is the Pats are so good at it. Go back to the Patriots games and see what happens in the 2nd half of most games. Either this team is the best team in history at 2nd half adjustments or they are using something to their advantage.

    Miami played them tough then folded in the 2nd half. Detroit was playing them tough before folding in the second half. The Bills were playing tough before folding in the 2nd half. And so on and so forth. There is no way, Belicheat and the gang aren't still cheating in my opinion.

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    If Goodell doesn't think the Pats aren't still taping he should have his head examined.
    Thought that was a foregone conclusion at this point?

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    Either this team is the best team in history at 2nd half adjustments or they are using something to their advantage.

    Belicheat is a football genius

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    I can't believe that they have only got 50K fines!
    Un****ingbelievable.

    Atleast when the Pat****s cheated, they won. Donks can't even cheat well. lol

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    Default Re: Spygate 2? Bronco's Illegal Taping Probe

    According to Florio, "Niners feared spies in London".

    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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