November 1, 2015

THE POWER TO CLOUD MEN'S MINDS:

Jets instigated sideline interrogation of three Kraft Sports employees (Mike Florio, October 31, 2015, ProFootballTalk)

While it's still unclear whether the Jets instigated the sweep of their locker room for bugs prior to last Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium (more on that later in the day), it's crystal clear that the Jets prompted a separate investigation of the Patriots during the Week Seven contest between the two teams.

PFT has obtained a copy of an email message detailing the incident that happened during the third quarter of the game.

"Jets Security Director Robert Mastroddi made an inquiry with NFL Security regarding the presence of two individuals wearing headsets and Patriots attire, who were positioned outside of the bench area on the Patriots sideline," the email states. "Mastroddi requested to know who they were, and expressed concern given their proximity to the Patriots bench."

Lenny Bandy and Dick Farley of NFL Security thereafter investigated the situation, questioning three employees of Kraft Sports, whose responsibilities include in-stadium entertainment, such as the music and other sound coming through speakers in the stadium. (Kraft Sports is owned by Robert Kraft, who also owns the Patriots.)

One of the employees also is responsible for keeping fresh batteries in the referee's in-stadium microphone. But Mastroddi didn't initially accept the explanation that a team employee would be responsible for ensuring the performance of the referee's microphone; Mastroddi said "people responsible for maintaining the referee's microphone should be League contractors and not Kraft Sports employees wearing Patriots gear." In response to Mastroddi's concerns, Bandy called 345 Park Avenue and spoke with Jay Reid of the officiating department, who confirmed that the referee's in-stadium microphone is handled by the teams, not by the league.

Bill Bellichick is so far into the heads of his peers it's comical.

Posted by at November 1, 2015 12:31 PM

  

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