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Monday, May 25, 2020

A’s strength coach investigated for planting camera in weight room

Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques was suspended and is under investigation for planting a hidden camera in the team’s weight room last month, according to a report.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports the story and says Henriques set up the camera on July 24 so he could follow the team’s players while the A’s were on the road. Henriques wanted to make sure players were working out and rehabbing properly while the team was out of town.

Though Henriques’ intentions were good, team executive Billy Beane was furious with the coach’s actions.

“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.”

A player discovered the planted camera and informed the team’s players union rep, Sean Doolittle, who contacted the union about the matter. Cameras are not allowed to be planted like this because it is considered a violation of privacy.

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