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Reporter Dan Leberfeld tells his side of Bart Scott story

Dan Leberfeld of “Jets Confidential” was involved in a fight with Bart Scott on Friday that made headlines. Leberfeld wrote about the incident on his site and told his side of the story later in the day.

Leberfeld explained that he took a photo of Scott talking with reporter Jane McManus on Friday and that he also took a photo of Scott talking to another reporter on Wednesday. He says he took the photos of Scott talking with reporters to use for a story he’s writing about Scott declaring a media boycott.

Sounds reasonable enough, right?

Leberfeld further defends himself by explaining that the photos he took were in accordance with the Jets’ policy on media behavior in the locker room. The policy apparently states that photographs in the locker room are only acceptable when a player is talking with a reporter, and when the player is fully clothed. Leberfeld followed the rules in both cases.

I think what this comes down to is Bart Scott already had a defensive stance with the media, so it doesn’t take much to set him off. As a player, he should know that reporters can photograph him during the team’s open locker room. It may seem like a violation of his privacy to have a reporter take a picture of him from a cell phone, but in that context, it likely is not.

Bart Scott, reporter Dan Leberfeld nearly fight over photo

Bart Scott’s anger with the media continued on Friday when he reportedly nearly fought a Jets reporter.

According to multiple reports, Scott and Jets Confidential reporter Dan Leberfeld had to be separated during the Jets’ open locker room period on Friday.

Scott apparently was upset that Leberfeld took a picture of Scott talking with a female reporter and, according to the New York Daily News, threatened to “smack the s—” out of him. Leberfeld said he would sue Scott in response.

The two had to be separated by members of the Jets’ PR staff.

This is the second time in the last three days that Leberfeld has taken a picture of Scott with a female reporter. He also reportedly did it on Wednesday, causing the woman to leave the room.

You may recall that Scott humorously declared a media “mutiny” after the team’s Week 1 win over the Bills before later saying he meant a media boycott. This incident will probably only add to his anger with the media.

UPDATE: Read about Leberfeld’s side of the story.