The NFL Network has apologized to the Cincinnati Bengals for broadcasting inside their locker room after the game on Sunday.
Post game interviews are nothing new but in this case, it left much of the team exposed. The Bengals have been on an exciting winning streak so it’s no surprise that an NFL reporter wanted to catch Adam “Pacman” Jones while he could. The problem is, many of the Bengals players were in various states of undress while cameras rolled.
Left tackle Andrew Whitworth is one of the players shown during the interview. The NFL Network directed their apology specifically to Whitworth because he was shown fully nude while Adam Jones spoke. Andrew Whitworth wasn’t satisfied with just an apology though and wants media access policies to change.
“It’s just not right,” Whitworth said. “There’s no office, there’s no other situation in America where you have to do that. It’s dated, it’s old and it needs to change.”
NFL Network Executive Vice President Alex Riethmiller issued the statement and apology on behalf of his employer. “It is a regrettable mistake by a production team, and one where we’ve already done a pretty thorough review of the procedures and processes that were dropped along the way to make sure that it doesn’t happen again,” Riethmiller said of the embarrassing situation.
Whitworth is doing what he can to have the NFL change their media access policies and prevent anyone else from being exposed in the locker room on national television. The pro-footballer has complained to the league previously about the issue of cameras being on while the players shower and change. Now it looks like he has a bit more leverage, considering Whitworth is one of the people whose unmentionables were put on display without his consent.