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There’s always something with the Jets, and that latest something is a report from Manish Mehta in the New York Daily News that players on the team have alerted the NFLPA that there appeared to be hidden cameras in smoke detectors in the locker room.
Mehta’s story indicates that the cameras have been there since 2008, and it doesn’t sound like the NFL plans to discipline the Jets:
“The NFLPA immediately informed the NFL in late October. The NFL claimed in the past week on behalf of the Jets that cameras have been in and adjacent to the locker room since 2008 when the team relocated from Long Island to a new training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, according to sources. The league concluded that players were aware of the cameras, and thus, the cameras were compliant with league rules, sources said. A league spokesperson informed the Daily News that the league responded directly to the union, and no further action is required by the Jets.”
Nonetheless, Mehta spoke to “a number” of current and former Jets players, dating back to ones who played for the team in 2008, and found none who were aware of the cameras there. The Jets contend that the cameras were necessary because there have been times where players have asked for surveillance to be consulted over items that went missing; no player Mehta talked to could ever recall that happening.
Whether or not they ultimately end up getting punished, this is another bad look for the Jets organization.