That's according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin and Katie McInerney, who reported Sunday that Dave Mondillo, a longtime full-time employee of Kraft Sports + Entertainment, a company run by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family, was suspended last week.
The Patriots initially admitted to "inappropriately filming the field" ahead of this week's game against the Bengals, but they also said their video team was a crew of independent contractors -- videographers who shot eight-minute B-roll footage of Cincinnati coaches without the team's consent and "without specific knowledge of league rules." New England claimed the footage was for the team's "Do Your Job" miniseries about Patriots employees.
The Globe's report on Mondillo does not specify how the Patriots can -- or have -- suspended a videographer who does not work directly for them, only noting that Mondillo's punishment came down last week.
The Patriots themselves, of course, may not be out of the woods in terms of league punishment.on Sunday of a press-box confrontation between Bengals security and the "independent" videographers, who had clearly been filming the Cincinnati sideline in violation of NFL rules. And earlier in the day that New England is facing steep penalties, including the loss of at least one draft pick and heavy fines, with the possibility of an upper-management or ownership suspension, for their admitted violations, which remain under investigation.