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Roger Goodell on NFL’s lengthy investigation into Patriots: ‘We’re going to get it right’

On Dec. 8, a Kraft Sports Productions employee filmed the Bengals’ sideline.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Super Bowl Press Conference Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

More than 50 days have passed since the NFL obtained footage from what transpired in the FirstEnergy Stadium press box.

The investigation into Kraft Sports Productions and the New England Patriots now nears February.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not provide a timetable during his Super Bowl LIV press conference in Miami on Wednesday.

“Our responsibility is to make sure we’re being extremely thorough,” Goodell replied to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “We have a responsibility to 31 other clubs. We have a responsibility to partners. We have a responsibility to fans to understand all of what happened, and make sure that something that we don’t know happened didn’t happen. So, from our standpoint, we want to make sure we’re being thorough.

“Our team has been on it,” Goodell said. “We’ve been focused on this. I think it has not been that lengthy of time. We have obviously put the focus on it, but we’re going to get it right. And when we come to a conclusion, we’ll certainly make sure people are aware of it.”

The Patriots released a statement on Dec. 9, conceding that a credentialed Kraft Sports Productions employee had violated NFL policy by filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline during a game against the Cleveland Browns the day prior.

The content team had sent a three-person video crew to Ohio to profile an advance scout’s responsibilities.

“The production crew is independent of our football operation,” the organization’s statement read. “While aware that one of the scouts was being profiled for a ‘Do Your Job’ episode, our football staff had no other involvement whatsoever in the planning, filming or creative decisions made during the production of these features.”