In an echo of the New England Patriots' "Spygate" scandal, the NFL is investigating whether a Broncos employee videotaped a San Francisco 49ers walk-through at London's Wembley Stadium four weeks ago.
The specific allegation is that Steve Scarnecchia, director of video operations, filmed the 49ers' walk-through on Saturday, Oct. 30, the day before the game, which is a major violation of league rules. What makes this storyline even more intriguing is that Scarnecchia and Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels were both part of the New England Patriots in 2007 when that team was found violating the league's rules against videotaping an opponent during a game. The incident became known as "Spygate."
The New England Patriots lost their 2008 first-round choice and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 dollars. It will be interesting to see if these allegations turn out to be true and if the Broncos will receive a punishment anywhere near as harsh as the Patriots did.
This isn't a situation where someone like Allen Iverson can say, "We're just talking about practice." If true, the Broncos have violated the spirit of sportsmanship under a coach who was part of a staff that was involved in a similar situation and the backlash against McDaniels would likely only increase.
The Denver Broncos lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 24-16.