After LeBron James' Injury, Aaron Rodgers Calls "On-Field and On-Court Cameras Unnecessary"
The Green Bay Packers quarterback complained about up-close coverage after the Cleveland Cavaliers star sliced his head open on one of the baseline cameras.
LeBron James possibly flashing the camera wasn't the only moment from Game 4 of the NBA Finals to cause a stir.
In the second quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers star also crashed into a cameraman sitting on the floor under the basket, slicing his head open on the camera. James collapsed to the floor, where he grimaced in pain before he got up and received "a few stitches," as he said during his postgame press conference.
The incident also seemed to get the attention of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who posted several tweets complaining about the existence of cameras on basketball courts and football fields.
"The camera guy couldn't move his camera? The on-field and on-court cameras are unnecessary IMO," Rodgers wrote. "The under the basket camera has always been dangerous. The camera following players into the huddle is just unnecessary, IMO."
The NBA reduced baseline photography and TV positions last summer, the Associated Press reported, noting that new rules called for an extra foot of open space on both sides of the basket. The number of camera positions on each baseline also decreased from 20 to 10.
Rodgers previously complained about the existence of extra cameras and microphones, telling The Dan Patrick Show last fall, "It's too much access. A couple games ago I got bumped in the back of the head by the camera guy trying to get into a pregame huddle. I'm just like, 'What, what are you doing?' None of the stuff that Josh Sitton or T.J. Lang is going to say in this pregame huddle is going to be for TV. So get out of my way. Don't bump me in the back of my head with your camera. Nothing you're filming here is going to be used for consumption on TV because you'd have to bleep out every single word."
Rodgers suggested then that cameras could zoom in to get some of the same shots.
Read Rodgers' full Twitter rant below.
The camera guy couldn't move his camera? The on-field and on-court cameras are unnecessary IMO. #getoffthecourt/field— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 12, 2015
The under the basket camera has always been dangerous. The camera following players into the huddle is just unnecessary, IMO.— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 12, 2015
But somehow fixed cameras on sidelines and end zone weren't a good idea according to nfl? Hmmm #hashtag— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 12, 2015