New York Jets running back Leon Bell and coach Adam Gus voiced their displeasure on Tuesday after Sam Darnold's "seeing ghosts" comment was caught on a hot microphone during a TV show on Football Monday. "
Darnold wore an ESPN broadcast microphone. He threw four interceptions in the 33-0 loss to the New England Patriots and made the comment, citing his problems with reading coverage.
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Darnold was conceived, because according to NFL rules, every team starts a quarterback and a head coach must be affiliated with the NFL. NFL Films has a representative on site who will then approve the comments on air ̵
The approval process is to help players and coaches say things that can happen on their own, the team or the NFL in a negative light.
ESPN declined to comment on the issues and deferred to NFL Films. The NFL had no immediate comment.
"The NFL fucked Sammy over," Bell wrote in a tweet. "There is no player in the NFL who is good with every side convoy being broadcast to millions … there is a reason we have never heard other QBs disappointed on a sideline like this … this is madness, @NFL made Sam dirty as hell. "
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Gase addressed the media dispute.
"It was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear after the game," Gase said. "I do not know if I have ever seen that where anyone has gone, such a comment is allowed to be broadcast. It bothers me. This worries the organization.
Gus added, "You never expect something like this to happen. The fact that it just gives us pause to really cooperate more, because I don't know how we would allow our franchise discount to come out that way. "
Darnold also addressed the commentary on "seeing ghosts" during his weekly broadcast on ESPN's New York Michael Kay Show.
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"I'm not embarrassed by it," he said. "Whatever. Worse things have happened to me. But at the same time, yes, it's just a boom that was live. This is a much more common phrase than created. "
The Associated Press presented this report.