New York Jets head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday he was not happy that quarterback Sam Darnold's comment about "seeing ghosts" aired on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" broadcast.
"It bothers me, it bothers the organization," Gase told reporters. "Obviously, you never anticipate something like that happening. The fact that it did, it just gives us pause to really cooperate anymore, because I don't really know how we can allow our franchise quarterback to be put out there like that."
Darnold was intercepted by New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon with 5:34 left in the first half, his second interception and third turnover of the game. During the Jets' next possession, ESPN aired a segment with audio from plays where Darnold lost a fumble and threw the interception to Harmon, then showed Darnold on the bench afterward saying, "(I'm) seeing ghosts."
According to multiple reports, ESPN requested to have Darnold "mic'd up" for the game, and the team agreed. The sides had the same agreement for Week 2's game against the Cleveland Browns, but Darnold wound up not playing after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
An NFL Films representative -- not ESPN -- reportedly decides what audio gets aired during the "MNF" broadcast, without ESPN or the Jets signing off. The New York Daily News reported that NFL Films higher-ups are not happy with the representative who cleared the "seeing ghosts" comment for air.