The Jets locker room was swept for bugs during the game last weekend with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The NFL wasn’t looking for the kind of bugs with legs or wings, they swept the locker room for the same kind of bugs that Tony Soprano would sweep for. This was prompted when the New York Jets filed an inquiry with the NFL during the second quarter of their week 7 game against the Patriots, which New York went on to lose.
The bug sweep was just part of this inquiry, they also interrogated three Patriots’ employees at the same time, according to the Bleacher Report on October 31. So while you were watching the Pats’ beat the Jets’ on the field, there was a lot going on behind the scenes.
While “no wrongdoing was found” during this 30-23 win for the Pats, this level of interrogation that was used during this game was “unprecedented,” according to the Bleacher Report’s source. The inquiry started when Robert Mastroddi, the director of security for the Jets, questioned the presence of two individuals on the sideline just outside of the bench area of the Patriots team.
They were dressed in Pats’ attire and wearing headsets. Mastroddi wanted to know who they were and why they were so close to the Pats’ bench. They were Kraft Sports employees, a company that is responsible for “in-stadium entertainment.” One of them was responsible to keep fresh batteries in the ref’s “in-stadium” microphone. It wasn’t mentioned what the other one did, but there was no wrong-doing found with their proximity to the Pats. The two employees were questioned by NFL security.
So did the Jets request the sweep for bugs in the locker room? Todd Bowles, the Jets coach, had no clue that the locker room was being swept for bugs, he knew “nothing about this.”
MSN Sports News reports there was quite a bit of controversy around the Jets asking or not asking for the locker room to be swept for bugs. Boomer Esiason of WFAN reported on his show Friday morning that it was requested by the Jets to have their locker room scanned for possible listening devices. However, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio cites a source with knowledge of the situation who is claiming that the Jets did not make that request.
Talk about putting the Patriots on a short leash! As the Bleacher Report suggests, after Deflatgate, the Patriots are “under a microscope.” The team must know they are being watched so “it would be foolish for the team to use any sketchy tactics to try to gain an advantage.”