NFLPA contemplating response to discovery of cameras in Jets locker room

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As the Jets prepare to renew a rivalry that has a history of camera controversies, the Jets have a camera controversy.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Jets players recently have “alerted the NFL Players Association in recent weeks about what appeared to be surveillance equipment hidden in smoke detectors in the Jets locker room.”

PFT has confirmed that the NFLPA has received those complaints, and that the union is contemplating the appropriate action to take in response to the discovery.

According to Mehta, the NFLPA informed the league, the league responded directly to the NFLPA, and the league contends that no further action is required by the Jets.

A league spokesman said this to PFT via email on Saturday morning: “We responded directly to the NFLPA’s inquiry.”

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Jets view the cameras as serving a legitimate security purpose, aimed at protecting the players. The cameras aren’t monitored; the evidence captured is reviewed and used only if an incident occurs (like, say, a linebacker punching a quarterback in the mouth) in the locker room.

The Jets contend, per one source, that the cameras violate no laws and comply with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Jets contend, per the source, that the league and players are aware the cameras exist; the source says that, over the years, players have asked the team to review security footage in the event something has gone missing from the locker room.

Mehta mentions a New Jersey law that generally covers the videotaping of people whose “intimate parts are exposed.” The law, however, expressly excludes “circumstances in which a reasonable person would not expect to be observed.”

Obviously, football players routinely move in and around a locker room all the time with “intimate parts” observed, by teammates, coaches, reporters, anyone authorized to be present, and sometimes the audience at home.

Although the New Jersey law may not apply, the union may argue that the CBA doesn’t allow surveillance of this nature. Per a source with knowledge of the NFL’s position, the league believes placement of surveillance cameras would not be subject to bargaining because it falls within the scope of “management rights” under the CBA.

However it plays out, it’s a potentially important issue, because it’s highly unlikely that the Jets are the only NFL team with hidden cameras in locker rooms. Indeed, way back in 2002, Saints receiver Albert Connell was caught by a security camera taking $863 from the locker of Saints running back Deuce McAllister.

By a security camera.

27 responses to “NFLPA contemplating response to discovery of cameras in Jets locker room

  1. The players and anyone with exposure to being filmed absolutely should have been informed this was going on. I believe the Jets have a right to install security cameras for their own liability and protection, but it would only seem reasonable to inform and provide consent to those subject to it.

  2. As a former union rep, I’d laugh out loud in the opening grievance discussion if management claimed that falls under management rights.

  3. Is this just the home team locker room, or were they filming visitors?

    They’d have film of every halftime adjustment and pregame speech from every visiting team.

  4. Why would they hide them in a smoke detector? Visible cameras act as a deterrent to crime. Does this mean there are also hidden cameras in the visitor’s locker room, too? Do any other teams have hidden cameras in locker rooms? Obviously, everyone isn’t aware of these cameras.

  5. Angel Valle says:
    November 7, 2020 at 9:06 am
    It’s not the Patriots so nobody will care.

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    Lol. Are we sure of that?

  6. wcucarter says:

    November 7, 2020 at 9:01 am

    If everything is on the up and up, why hide the cameras in the smoke detectors?

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    1st most companies hide their cameras in smoke detectors or other areas hidden. It has nothing to do with not being on the up and up
    2nd the reason is simple. If you see which way the cameras are pointing and filming they become virtually useless as you can find the blindspots.

  7. charliecharger says:

    November 7, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Why would they hide them in a smoke detector? Visible cameras act as a deterrent to crime. Does this mean there are also hidden cameras in the visitor’s locker room, too? Do any other teams have hidden cameras in locker rooms? Obviously, everyone isn’t aware of these cameras.
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    Visible cameras on a home may act as a deterrent but visible cameras at a job do not when it pertains to the employee. If you know where the cameras are and which way their pointing or if they rotate then you know where the blindspots are and when your an employee you have plenty of time to figure those things out. That’s why companies and stores have hidden cameras in smoke detectors/light fixtures/walls not just out in the open.

  8. Billy Bellyache is beside himself. The grand Cheatriot plan to tap-in to the video feed to capture Jets pre-game and halftime adjustments Monday night is foiled! If you’re wondering why he would do that (it’s the winless Jets!) remember he used video against the lowly Bengals!

  9. The biggest concern pertaining to the game (not personal privacy) is obviously the question of cameras in the visitor locker room.

  10. There are no cameras in the visiting locker room. If there are, and the jets still play like that, they should fold the team.

  11. Remember the Jets demanding that the visiting locker room in Foxboro be swept for electronic bugs a few years ago (and finding none)? Classic projection. Those guys assume everyone else cheats like they do.

  12. Watching their opponents in the locker room has obviously not helped the Jets on the field. Looking for fashion tips maybe?

  13. Why’s everyone always trying to spy on the Jets and Bengals? Why not bug the Patriots or Steelers or something?

  14. Most cameras have tinted domes so you can’t see where the camera is pointing, so no need for hidden cameras.

    Also, I’m wondering if the response would be different if there were hidden cameras found in the cheerleaders locker room…

  15. substanceoverceremony says:
    Is this just the home team locker room, or were they filming visitors?
    They’d have film of every halftime adjustment and pregame speech from every visiting team.
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    You raise a very interesting and potentially troubling question.
    In this case, however, if that’s what the Jets have been doing then it clearly hasn’t been providing enough of an advantage to make it worth their while.

  16. We had them at work also, most people didn’t realize they were there. If you work for a large organization, you probably do as well.

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