That’s what a security guard told the Boston Herald‘s Ian Rapoport as they booted him from Boston College’s Alumni Stadium on Friday.
That’s where 40-odd New England Patriots, including Tom Brady, have been holding player-organized workouts the last three days. Bill Belichick and the rest of the team’s coaches are not present — they’re not allowed to be. But wherever Belichick is, he’s smiling. The coach’s covert and mysterious modus operandi has rubbed off on his players.
Yesterday, media attempting to cover the practice were forced to view the events from a tunnel leading to the seats above. Today, that perch was sealed off:
But then Rapaport got crafty, finding a new opening to watch from:
Eventually, security even removed him from that spot.
Covering the NFL is cool — very cool — but tolerating this kind of treatment seems demeaning. That isn’t a criticism of the players, who have every right to work out in privacy (although I think that’s a bad strategy), and it isn’t a criticism of the media, who are only trying to relay every detail they can to football-hungry fans. It’s nobody’s fault, but it makes me uneasy. Players should embrace the media, not avoid journalists like the plague.