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    Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    Taping *****' practice draws $50K fines for Broncos, McDaniels

    NFL.com Wire Reports
    Nov. 27, 2010

    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 ***** Oct. 30 practice at Wembley Stadium in London.

    The Broncos and NFL made the announcement Saturday, nearly one month after the *****' 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 ***** 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 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.

    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 Saturday practice had been recorded. NFL Security retained the tape.

    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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    Re: Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    Did McDaniels not learn anything from the Cheatriots taping scandal?? I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the Belicheat tree. Once a Cheatriot, always a Cheatriot I guess.

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    Re: Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    Wonder what's his excuse? Sightseeing. There needs to be more punishment out of these things, if Goodell can ridiculously fine players for rough hits, he should be taking a draft pick out of coaches who cheat via videotaping. He's too soft, coaches under the Belicheat tree or out of desperation will insist on doing this until further discipline that affects the team is taken.

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    Re: Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    They should be automatically disqualified from their next game, as in today.


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    Re: Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    I think the fine is for being stupid,who the hell wants a tape of the 49'ers.

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    Re: Taping ***** Practice Draws $50K Fines For Broncos, McDaniels

    Quote Originally Posted by jkramsfan View Post
    I think the fine is for being stupid,who the hell wants a tape of the 49'ers.
    Exactly...did the Broncos alot of good.

    Daniels is a chip off the old Belicheat block!

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