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Jets LB Scott, reporter get into it in locker room

Associated Press Modified: September 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott and a reporter needed to be separated by a media relations staffer after the two got into an argument when the reporter tried to take a picture of Scott.

Scott, who has refused to do interviews since Week 1 of the season, was on his way out of the locker room and speaking to a female reporter Friday off the record when Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential magazine approached the linebacker to snap a picture with his phone to use on his website.

Scott asked Leberfeld why he was taking another picture of him — after Leberfeld did the same thing Wednesday, upsetting another female reporter who was talking to the linebacker off the record.

Leberfeld, in his 18th season covering the team, told Scott he did it simply because he wanted to, and the linebacker told him to "get a life." Leberfeld fired back with a similar response.

Scott said he'd hit Leberfeld, who responded: "I'll sue you." Scott shouted, "I don't care!" and was led out of the locker room after a Jets media relations staffer intervened.

"We work hard to foster an appropriate working environment," the team said in a statement. "We regret this incident occurred and are reviewing the matter."

Leberfeld, who also works for Sirius XM Radio, told The Associated Press he never actually felt physically threatened.

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