NFL Investigating Possible Filming Violation

The National Football League is investigating whether or not a Denver Broncos employee secretly filmed a San Francisco 49ers walk-through practice at Wembley Stadium last month, the Denver Post reports.

Steve Scarnecchia, the Broncos' director of video operations, is currently on "a personal leave of absence" while the matter is being investigated.

Scarnecchia and head coach Josh McDaniels previously worked together for the New England Patriots, who were caught videotaping New York Jets' coaching signals during a game in the 2007 season. The Patriots were fined $250,000, forfeited their first round draft pick in 2008, and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000.

McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2007, but Scarnecchia had left the organization after the 2004 season and was in his second season as the Jets' video director, having been hired by then-Jets head coach Eric Mangini, who previously worked as the Patriots defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator from 2000-05.

McDaniels hired Scarnecchia to run the video operations department upon his hiring as head coach in 2009.

The 49ers defeated the Broncos, 24-16.

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November 27, 2010 at 04:23 pm

I'm starting to think that this isn't isolated, and the illegal filming of team practices and walk throughs may, in reality, be "business as usual" that no one talks about.

Sort of like people fudging the numbers on their taxes. It's pretty darn common, but everyone acts shocked and people start to whisper when someone gets audited.

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