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It was widely reported today that the New York Jets had an employee with a video camera asked to leave from an end zone walkway at Gillette Stadium during the AFC Divisional Playoff game last year against the Patriots. The person filming was a Jets employee and Patriots officials asked him to stop and he did.
Earlier today Jets coach Eric Mangini said it was routine procedure for teams to ask the hosts if they could videotape from the stands in the end zone for archival footage. He said they asked the Patriots and received permission, but when told to stop they complied. There are no reports of the Jets breaking any rules and the NFL has not released any statements about the “incident.”
My Take: In my mind this is a non-story as it stands. It wouldn’t surprise me that teams film from end zones because it would be the best angle to break down game film. As much as I despise Mangini, it would be highly unlikely that he would have tattled on the Pats if he knew one of his own employees had been caught doing something similar the previous year. As it stands now, I think it’s an overblown story. Though it is quite ironic that the story broke this week.