Posted: Nov 27, 2010 11:29 AM by AP
Updated: Nov 28, 2010 4:58 PM
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fined the Denver Broncos and coach Josh McDaniels $50,000 each because the team's video operations director broke league rules by filming a San Francisco 49ers practice in London last month.
The NFL investigation determined that Steve Scarnecchia took the six-minute video of the walkthrough and presented it that day to McDaniels. The coach declined to view it. But the NFL fined both the coach and team because the matter was not reported, as required by league policy.
Scarnecchia was fired by the Broncos. Goodell has notified him that as a repeat violator of league rules regarding integrity, he will have a hearing to determine if he is banned from the NFL.
Denver Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels released the following statement on Saturday:
"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."
The Denver Broncos will hold a news conference at mid-day today from Broncos headquarters regarding the taping situation.