The Jets have gone from seeing ghosts to seeing red.
The team is livid with the decision to air a comment from quarterback Sam Darnold during the “Monday Night Football” broadcast on ESPN that he was “seeing ghosts.”
Jets coach Adam Gase said the team will reevaluate their cooperation with having players and coaches mic’d up moving forward.
“I think we’ll look into that pretty hard,” Gase said. “That was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear about after the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that where somebody that was mic’d up was basically … a comment like that was allowed to be aired. It bothers me. It bothers the organization. We’re looking hard into our cooperation going forward.”
The way that it works when a player is mic’d up is that NFL Films has a representative listening in on site. That representative then gives the go-ahead to air a comment or to keep it off air. ESPN sometimes airs the comment without anyone from their network listening, trusting that the NFL Films representative has approved it.
The team is giving special access to their players and expects NFL Films to serve as a buffer to make sure nothing embarrassing or anything that would put a player in a bad light is aired. In this case, the Jets feel NFL Films did not do that. The “seeing ghosts” comment is going to stick to Darnold for a while.
Gase said that he is usually mic’d up once a year. It is part of being in a primetime game.
“It’s just kind of part of the deal,” Gase said. “Obviously, you’re never anticipating something like that happening. The fact that it did just gives us pause to really cooperate anymore. I don’t know how we can allow our franchise quarterback to be put out there like that.”
For more on Darnold and the Jets’ Week 7 loss to the Patriots, listen to this episode of the Jets podcast, “Gang’s All Here”: