CaptainHook Posted November 18, 2009 Share Posted November 18, 2009 The NFL is reviewing an incident at the end of the Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game when an NBC cameraman ended up on the ground after brushing against a member of the Patriots security detail. An NFL spokesman told The Star the league is "looking into" the incident involving a veteran shooter Peter Stendel, who got tangled up and dropped onto the playing surface at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night. Advertisement The incident occurred after the Patriots lost 35-34 after a controversial call by New England coach Bill Belichick to go for a first down on fourth-and-2 that failed. Video and still images showed Stendel as he pursued -- along with other photographers -- Belichick leaving the field. The cord tethered to the videocamera on Stendel's shoulder appeared to tighten, tilting him into path of Belichick's security escort, Mark Briggs, who was surprised and pushed Stendel. Stendel fell. There were no apparent injuries. NBC televised the encounter. The incident was captured by Indianapolis Star photographer Sam Riche. Video was posted toYouTube, where it's logged about 13,700 views as of this morning. Patriots spokesperson Stacey James said today that the team has talked to the NFL about what they think transpired. The Patriots won't comment, but team officials think there's enough still and video footage to prove it was accidental. NBC, which had broadcast the Colts-Patriots game, declined to comment on the post-game incident, referring calls to the NFL. Attempts to reach Stendel were unsuccessful. Danny Bridges, an Indianapolis-based freelance television utility technician who was on the field during the time as a union representative for National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America, said he reported the incident to union officials after witnessing the tail end of the incident from the sideline. He said he thinks Stendel, a friend and colleague from New Jersey, is owed an apology from the Patriots, based on the footage from the Web and The Star. "A very ugly incident occurred. It needs to be rectified," Bridges said. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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