Though the NFL Films cameras are now gone, potential distractions remain at Jets practice.
A female reporter from TV Azteca was present today. Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell us that the Jets responded to her presence by “acting like frat boys.”
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post made reference to the situation via Twitter on a couple of occasions. Hubbuch said that defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman was reportedly overthrowing players in drills so that they could “accidentally” run into her. Hubbuch also says that at one point linebacker Jason Taylor volunteered to take reps in the drill.
Hubbuch described the scene as “hilarious,” but that sentiment wasn’t universal. We’re told that the reporter went into the locker room after practice, and that some of the players behaved like construction workers and/or prison inmates. [UPDATE: Apparently, some construction workers don’t appreciate the acknowledgment that the industry is well known for producing countless examples of men whistling and hooting and hollering at attractive women. Maybe the complaints are better directed to their colleagues who whistle and hoot and holler at attractive women.]
One source said that defensive tackle Kris Jenkins was the loudest of the bunch, at one point exclaiming “this is our locker room,” as if to justify the conduct.
Some believe that the reporter appeared to be embarrassed, to the point of being close to tears. Other reporters found the behavior of the players to be juvenile.