A’s strength coach spied on players with a hidden camera in the weight room

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This is . . . a new one.

Tim Brown of Yahoo reports that Oakland Athletics strength and conditioning coach, Michael Henriques, has been suspended after it was revealed that he had placed a hidden camera in the Oakland Coliseum weight room to spy on players. The idea, it seems, was to determine who was and who wasn’t using the weight room to rehab while the A’s were away on a recent road trip. The camera was discovered and the A’s, along with MLB’s department of investigations and the MLBPA and an outside law firm, are investigating the matter.

Brown says team president Billy Beane — who was one of the guys who used the weight room while the team was traveling — was “furious” about it. Yet Beane is quoted in the story saying “[w]hile the employee’s intentions were good his judgment was very poor.” I’m struggling to think of the good intentions involved in spying on players with a hidden camera while working out, but I suppose we’ll leave that to the A’s, the union and the league.

Henriques hasn’t been fired and there is a chance he still keeps his job. But boy howdy this is not the sort of thing you want an employee doing. At all.