Steelers, Dolphins won’t wear microphones after Sam Darnold “ghosts” controversy

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If Mason Rudolph and Ryan Fitzpatrick are seeing ghosts tonight, the audience at home won’t hear about it.

Both the Steelers and the Dolphins declined to participate in ESPN’s Monday Night Football “Mic’d Up” segment this week after a controversy last week when Jets quarterback Sam Darnold wore a microphone and was shown saying he was “seeing ghosts” in an ugly loss to the Patriots.

“The ‘Monday Night Mic’d’ segment won’t be part of the Dolphins-Steelers game. We approached both teams but they declined. We are already pursuing options for next week’s game,” ESPN said in a statement to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal.

ESPN still plans to have players “Mic’d Up” in the future, just as long as they can find players who are willing to do it. Jets coach Adam Gase said after last week’s game that he’ll be hesitant to allow the Jets to participate in the future, and the Steelers and Dolphins may be showing that other teams figure there’s nothing to gain from it.

34 responses to “Steelers, Dolphins won’t wear microphones after Sam Darnold “ghosts” controversy

  1. I really don’t understand the controversy. Why is this a big deal? He said it, didn’t he? He wasn’t bashing a teammate, coach or NFL employee, so I fail to see the problem. The Pats D has made several other QB see ghosts also, whether or not they would ever admit it.

  2. Listening to the players mic’d up would probably be more entertaining than watching them play this stinkeroo game.

  3. Dang! I was really looking forward to hearing a bunch of, “Yeah! Let’s go’s!!!” Or hearing Juju trying to find someone to play Fortnite with him after the game.

  4. The only reason it’s a big deal is because it’s the only “juicy” material caught recently. Those mic’d play backs are usually nothing but hearing them huff and puff after running.

  5. We don’t need a mic to know that Rudolph is seeing ghosts. Back to concussion protocol you go bud.

  6. Don’t embarrass yourself. Problem solved. It’s not like they’re doing anything to you. You’re doing it to yourself.

  7. This isn’t a player-versus-ESPN controversy, it’s a team-versus-ESPN controversy. Which is good because when the teams say “no,” then ESPN has to bend over and figure out a way to accommodate, or else their permission is revoked by the teams, by fiat. So it’s an effective move by the Steelers and the Dolphins to assert their rights and force ESPN to play by their unwritten rules, or forget about playing at all.

  8. Good. What they did to the 22 year old Darnold was low and dirty. It is tactics like that which contribute to the hatred most Americans have for the media in general. There was no reason to attempt to humiliate the kid for saying something like that other than it would sell for ESPN and contribute to their financial gain. I just hope Darnold is able to push that episode into the background and continue to grow and improve.

    A Pats fan.

  9. itsfootballfolks says:
    October 28, 2019 at 9:58 pm
    Good. What they did to the 22 year old Darnold was low and dirty. It is tactics like that which contribute to the hatred most Americans have for the media in general. There was no reason to attempt to humiliate the kid for saying something like that other than it would sell for ESPN and contribute to their financial gain. I just hope Darnold is able to push that episode into the background and continue to grow and improve.

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    Darnold was not humiliated. He has nothing to put behind him because it was never something to him in the first p,ace. Its the rest of the world thats flipping their biscuits.

  10. itsfootballfolks says:

    Blah blah blah… I just hope Darnold is able to push that episode into the background and continue to grow and improve.

    A Pats fan.
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    Get a grip soy boy. Darnold is a grown man. I think he’ll SOMEHOW be able to pick up the pieces of his shattered world and “continue to grow and improve”

  11. Obviously this is the case that exposes SpectreGate. BB has stooped lower than ever by invoking the spirit world to become involved in the sporting events of the living. You didn’t think the Browns defenders jumped offside did you? Nope, pushed across the line of scrimmage before the whistle by troubled spirits here to avenge the lie that was Deflategate.

  12. Horrible judgment by ESPN. I’m glad they are getting snubbed. Your judgment can not be trusted. This is why BB gives them nothing.

    What we use to call common sense is no longer common.

  13. Not to worry. Eventually the NFL will require all coaches and players to wear microphones as soon as they set foot on league property, and have anything they say broadcast in real time (or any other time) for the sole benefit of the media.

  14. The Jets are way to sensitive. There was nothing wrong with what was said. More embarrassing when they complain and make lite of it.

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