Just over four years ago, it was the New York Jets that busted the New England Patriots for illegal use of sideline cameras. The event, notoriously dubbed “Spygate,” threatened to besmirch a dynasty, and added another chapter to what has become one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL.
That chapter may need an addendum. A picture (seen below) from Sunday’s Pats-Jets tilt clearly shows an unidentified person wearing Jets gear and a Jets Staff credential filming the opposing sideline over Jets coordinator Brian Schottenheimer‘s shoulder.
Wow. The irony is incomparable.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer was quick to put his thumb print on the story, tweeting, “Looked into this … Well within the rules.”
He later posted the rules to his Twitter timeline, which read, “Club video crews & video crews from television stations that produce and telecast club-licensed programming may also be permitted to have a camera on the sidelines to shoot footage for those club-licensed programs only.”
According to Breer, part two of the rule reads, “Home & visiting club-related sideline video personnel [coaches? shows, team programming] will wear lime green vests.”
What’s the guy wearing? A lime green vest.
It seems this story is dead before it even really became a story.