Love ’em or hate ’em, the New England Patriots have been one of the most successful sports franchises in recent memory. Unfortunately, the legacy has been tarnished by numerous cheating scandals including SpyGate and DeflateGate.
Because of their poor reputation amongst other NFL teams, the league has been forced to take precautionary measures when opponents come to town.
That was the case last weekend when the rival New York Jets visited Gillette Stadium.
According to Pro Football Talk, Boomer Esiason reported on his weekly WFAN radio show that the Jets asked the NFL to come into the visiting team locker room to perform a sweep for bugs.
Yes, the Jets were worried about their locker room being set up so the Patriots could spy on them.
The Jets denied comment as did the Patriots.
PFT goes on to say, “the Patriots have become concerned that a team eventually will plant bugs on its own and claim that the Patriots put them there. This has prompted the Patriots to ask the league to certify before each game that the visiting locker room is clean before an opposing team enters.”
It is interesting to see how the “cheating” label has stuck with the Patriots, but they do seem willing to allow the NFL to keep a close eye on their organization.
We’ll just have to wait and see whether they face any other allegations as the season goes on.
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