New York Jets head coach Adam Gase won't be inviting ESPN and NFL Films to his Halloween party.
Adding further insult to the Jets' 33-0 loss to the Patriots on Monday night was mic'd up quarterback Sam Darnold's admission from New York's sideline that New England's defense had him "seeing ghosts."
It was surprising to hear Darnold admit to being so rattled. It was equally surprising that ESPN aired Darnold's comment, as there's usually a vetting process for "mic'd up" sound.
Asked Tuesday about #GhostGate, Gase responded with a harsh critique of that vetting process while singling out ESPN.
Adam Gase is not happy that ESPN aired Sam Darnold's "ghosts" comment pic.twitter.com/RsHDRHw1KE— Jets Videos (@snyjets) October 22, 2019
Gase on ESPN mic’d up deal: "I don’t know how we can allow our franchise quarterback to be put out there like that.” Says they will reevaluate their cooperation with network. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) October 22, 2019
Adam Gase is not happy that Darnold's "ghost" comment was aired: "We'll be looking into that pretty hard."— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 22, 2019
Says the team was not happy that a comment like that was revealed on TV.
"It just gives us pause to cooperate any more."
Gase's frustration is understandable, as Darnold's admission is a pretty bad look. So, who's to blame in all this?
According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, the Jets consented to Darnold being mic'd up for Monday night's game but did not sign off on his "seeing ghosts" comment being aired.
ESPN requested Sam Darnold to be Mic'd up. Jets were receptive to that. Welcomed it. NYJ had agreed to have Darnold Mic'd up for the Week 2 primetime game vs Browns, but he got mono.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 22, 2019
Jets did not have a rep sign off on "ghosts" comment to be aired.
In fact, Mehta reported, that decision was approved by an NFL Films on-site representative, who apparently had final say on which portions of Darnold's audio would be broadcast.
Here's how MNF Mic'd process works: NFL Films signed off on Sam Darnold's "ghosts" comment to be aired. They had a rep on site. My understanding is that people high on NFL Films totem pole are not happy that their rep cleared this for air. (cont)— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 22, 2019
Finally, ESPN doesn't have any control over what gets aired or not from the Mic'd player. This was a decision made by an on-site NFL Films rep.— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 22, 2019
Bottom line: Players say things like this on sideline a lot. Jets --and Darnold-- got screwed here. The organization should be pissed
So, it sounds like Gase's ire should be directed at NFL Films, not ESPN.
Of course, this whole mess could have been avoided if Darnold hadn't played the worst game of his NFL career. But some things are better left unsaid.
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