An Oakland Athletics employee installed a hidden camera in the team’s weight room and has been suspended by the organization pending further investigation.
An Oakland Athletics employee installed a hidden camera in the team’s weight room and has been suspended by the organization pending further investigation, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports.
Strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques reportedly admitted to installing the camera to monitor players as they worked out and rehabbed injuries while the team was on the road. He set it up on July 24, ahead of a 10-day road trip, and it was discovered by an unnamed player a day later. Henriques has apologized and was sent back to Oakland from the road trip after management was informed of the situation by team union representative Sean Doolittle.
The A’s hired an independent law firm to look into the situation, which will inform players of its findings on Monday. Henriques will reportedly be allowed to continue working on probation.
“This was the misguided action of one employee,” said Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “We hired an independent investigator. While the employee’s intentions were good his judgment was very poor.”
Both MLB and the players’ union prohibit the use of security cameras in “areas frequented by players.”