The Broncos have admitted to wrong-doing on the Denver Post’s report today that disclosed they had illegally taped an opponent's practice while in London.
The club released a statement this afternoon, saying it had “discovered and disclosed to the NFL a violation by a club employee of the league’s integrity-of-the-game policy involving the improper videotaping of a six-minute portion of the San Francisco 49ers’ October 30 practice at Wembley Stadium in London the day prior to the Broncos-49ers game there.”
Video director Steve Scarnecchia, while setting up his equipment for the next day’s game, shot the brief video and gave it to coach Josh McDaniels. But McDaniels declined to view it, saying “I’m not doing that,” the investigation by the Broncos and the NFL determined. McDaniels, though, didn’t report the incident to the NFL, and he’s been fined $50,000 by commissioner Roger Goodell. The club also has been fined $50,000.
Scarnecchia has been fired for cause. Goodell also said that because Scarnecchia is a repeat offender of the rules governing the integrity of the game, he will be the subject of a hearing on whether he should be barred from the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league.
A statement from Pat Bowlen, team president and chief executive officer:
“The Denver Broncos and I, as the Owner, believe in the integrity of the National Football League and fair competition and do not, in any way, condone this type of behavior. 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 employee is no longer with the organization.
“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 Denver Broncos and I accept the discipline imposed by the NFL. We will take all steps to ensure that an incident like this never occurs again. We will always strive to uphold the integrity of our organization and the National Football League.”
“I apologize for not promptly reporting the improper conduct of our video director before our game against the 49ers in London. 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.”
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