Camera that filmed Bret Bielema from Arkansas sideline violated ESPN policy
The SEC investigated the presence of a camera on the Razorbacks sideline during their 27-14 loss to Alabama last Saturday, and it was determined that the ESPN employee who filmed the incident between coach Bret Bielema and Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson violated company policy.
The exchange with Robinson resulted in a personal foul against the Crimson Tide and led to much criticism of Bielema, whom many believed had “flopped” to draw the flag (SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey spoke to Bielema about the situation and informed the coach that the flag was unrelated to his actions).
ESPN released a statement Thursday detailing how the filming happened. According to WholeHogSports.com, the employee was using a GoPro camera.
“After a thorough investigation, we determined the conduct of the individual contracted to operate a (microphone) during the Arkansas-Alabama game was unacceptable and in violation of ESPN policy and our rights holder agreements,” read part of the statement.
Arkansas director of athletics Jeff Long released a statement Friday about the investigation
“After conducting a thorough investigation, ESPN acted to address the matter while also revising protocols for future broadcasts,” Long said in the statement, according to Bart Pohlman, producer of Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. “We believe the appropriate steps have been taken and consider the matter resolved.”
Bielema may have gotten attention for the penalty, but the only concern for Arkansas had to do with the camera on its sideline.