The latest chapter in the Border War involves a locker room that was or wasn't checked for bugs -- you know, listening devices.
On Thursday night, during the Patriots-Miami Dolphins broadcast on Westwood One radio, analyst Boomer Esiason said a "source" told him the Jets had asked the NFL office to sweep their Gillette Stadium locker room Sunday for bugs. A source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday night the Jets never made the request.
On Friday morning, Esiason repeated his nugget on his weekday WFAN radio show. This time, it resonated, sparking a mini-brush fire.
A league spokesman issued a comment, saying, "No such request was made by the Jets." The spokesman, Brian McCarthy, added via Twitter:
we have for years conducted regular & random checks. we do not get into details of specific games. https://t.co/tRsXOr2iEP
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) October 30, 2015
The Jets declined to comment. Coach Todd Bowles, speaking at his daily news conference, said, "I know nothing about it. We just go up there to play football."
So what really happened? I don't think Esiason would be reckless and throw out a piece of unsubstantiated information. While I don't believe the request came from the Jets, I don't doubt there was a locker-room sweep Sunday. No one has denied that one occurred.
Why is this a story? You may have heard, the Patriots were busted (see: SpyGate) and accused (Deflategate) of breaking the rules.