Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews is "not a fan" of television cameras in NFL locker rooms.
Referring to the locker room as "our one sanctuary," the four-time Pro Bowler told USA Today Sports that installing TV cameras is an invasion of the players' privacy.
"You think 'cameras in the locker room' and what does that conjure up images of? It's a privacy issue," Matthews told USA Today Sports. "I know they're trying to give the fans more of an experience, but what more can you do? We do interviews on the sideline, there's social media. You can't leave the parking lot without people swarming your cars."
In April, NFL executive V.P. Eric Grubman announced that all teams will be required to install TV cameras in their locker rooms. Per adage.com, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the footage will only be of the home team and will be from pregame and halftime. The individual teams will have the option to use the video on replay screens and mobile apps.
"The reality is that this already exists. Clubs have been doing this. We already do this in winning locker rooms, so this is not unique. What's unique is that everybody will do this in their own way," Grubman said, per Clark Judge of CBS Sports. "There's not going to be one way of doing this. There will be 32 ways of doing this, running the gamut from one end of the spectrum where somebody is not going to want to show anything to the other end of the spectrum where someone's going to want to show everything."
Matthews isn't the only one wary of TV cameras in the locker room. Former Buccaneers star Derrick Brooks and Cardinals kicker Jay Feely expressed displeasure of the NFL's decision.
Don't Like decision to put cameras in locker room. i think this decision may back fire on the nfl. A mistake is going happen, No Audio PLS
— Derrick Brooks (@DBrooks55) April 5, 2013
Ridiculous RT @paulcalvisi It's official: NFL says all teams will have cameras in their locker rooms next season
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) April 4, 2013
— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) April 4, 2013