The NFL Players Association is investigating a complaint from New York Jets players about the presence of surveillance cameras in the locker room at their training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, a source close to the union that has been confirmed to ESPN.
The NFLPA will consider taking action if the cameras are found to be in breach of the collective agreement, the source said.
According to the New York Daily NewsThe players complained because they were unaware of the cameras and viewed them as an invasion of privacy. The NFLPA contacted the NFL, which “responded directly to the NFLPA’s request,” a league spokesman said.
The NFL believes the Jets haven’t broken any rules and that no further action is needed, a source said.
The Jets moved to their current facility in 2008. The cameras were installed at this point and are only used for security reasons. The footage, which is continuously retained for 30 days, is only reviewed by members of the security department and only as needed, i.e. in response to a reported theft or unauthorized access.
There have been cases where players asked the security department for help when they suspected that valuables were missing.
The Jets say they haven’t broken the CBA or New Jersey laws, sources said, and that the players know about the cameras.
ESPN contacted four former players who have played at various points in the current facility over the past 12 years. Two said they had no idea there were cameras in the locker room. Two said they only knew about the cameras because security was investigating incidents where valuables were missing.
Regarding a potential CBA violation, both the Jets and the NFL claim the cameras are compliant as they come under a club’s administrative rights.
It is likely that some other teams have cameras in their locker rooms. As ProFootballTalk noted, New Orleans Saints’ recipient Albert Connell was caught by surveillance cameras pulling money from a teammate’s locker in 2002.