New York Jets backup cornerback Josh Thomas made headlines on Sunday after he tweeted out that he had lost some of his things. That sounds relatively normal, right? Not if one of those things was your team’s entire playbook which was stored on Thomas’s team-issued iPad. Thomas also lost his passport, which is probably less important than the playbook from the Jets point of view.
To make it worse, the Jets next opponent is the New England Patriots which makes this case of the stolen playbook even more of a headline. For those who aren’t aware, during the offseason, former Jets defensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine told MMQB.com that Patriots coach Bill Belichick had obtained copies of the Jets’ playbook in the past.
There is no evidence that the Patriots were responsible for stealing Thomas’s playbook, but it sure is a big coincidence leading to lots of speculation.
According to a team spokesman, the Jets were able to remotely wipe the data from the iPad, but we don’t know if someone was able to gain access prior to the data being deleted.
Here is Thomas’s tweet asking the world to return his stolen items:
— Josh Thomas (@Josh_Thomas22) December 15, 2014