Hey, did you know that the Patriots have been accused of cheating once or twice in the past? Well, they have! And it appears that some people around the NFL are not forgetting that anytime soon.
According to the latest reports, the NFL conducted a sweep of the opponent’s locker room prior to the Patriots’ October 25 contest against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Those reports indicate that the primary focus of the search was to find bugs discreetly planted for the purpose of eavesdropping.
The Patriots have never been caught using listening devices in the opposing locker room, but rumors of such have emerged in the past, most recently in Sports Illustrated‘s examination of the Pats’ history of breaking and bending the rules.
It’s unknown who exactly requested the sweep prior to the Jets game — or if it was, in fact, carried out — but there are some plausible theories.
Boomer Esiason of WFAN reported on his weekday radio show that the Jets asked that their locker room at Gillette Stadium be swept for bugs in advance of Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
Contacted by PFT, the Jets declined comment regarding the situation. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the Jets did not request that the locker room be swept for bugs; however, the source did not deny that the locker room was swept for bugs.