We’d like to think that no one would be this stupid, but we’ve seen weirder stuff. The Denver Post says that the Broncos have confirmed that they are being investigated by the NFL on allegations that they taped a San Francisco 49ers walkthrough practice four weeks ago in London.
The team’s video director, Steve Scarnecchia, is on a “personal leave of absence,” according to Broncos COO Joe Ellis.
But, we aren’t really supposed to believe that if Scarnecchia really did video tape a practice, that he just decided to do it alone, right? What kind of moron would do that? Don’t forget that head coach Josh McDaniels was with the New England Patriots back during their 2007 Spygate incident (Scarnecchia was as well).
Sources tell the Post that the team is actively working with the NFL to get this resolved. We are sure that the Broncos will really work to get to the bottom of this so that they can weed out any wrong doers. They will work as hard as Vincent Ludwig did to help Frank Drebben find out who shot Nordberg.
We can’t wait to see what comes of all this.
UPDATE: We didn’t have to wait long. The NFL has fined McDaniels and the Broncos a combined $100,000 for Scarnecchia’s videotaping. The team has fired Scarnecchia, saying he acted independently and offered to show the video to the head coach, but he declined.
“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,” McDaniels said in the statement of Scarnecchia. “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.”
Yeah right. Anyone believe that? By the way, Scarnecchia was fired with cause as a result of all this.
“This incident cuts into the trust and respect our fans, our ticket holders, our community and our fellow competitors have for our organization,” Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. “That is why the Denver Broncos, upon learning of this violation, immediately investigated this matter and reported the incident to the league.”
I have a tough time believing that Scarnecchia would risk his entire career because he thought he’d surprise his coach with some video of the other team’s practice. Not buying it.