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Eagles ejected Jeff McLane from the press box

Inquirer beat writer knocked out of the game

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

In the third quarter of the Eagles win over the Cowboys, the Eagles PR staff ejected the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane for disagreeing with the team’s handling of media etiquette.

There was some active chatter as media members were trying to ascertain a penalty that was called. It was nothing out of the ordinary, press boxes are at times noisy places, it’s just part of the territory. A public relations staffer told the entire press box to quiet down, which did not sit well with many in the press box. McLane then went to Groen to discuss it one on one. The Eagles response was petty: about 10-15 minutes later, Senior Vice President of Media, Marketing and Communications Anne Gordon, along with a security guard, removed McLane from the press box for “violating the fan code of conduct” even though McLane is a credentialed media member and not a fan.

The Eagles then doubled down on their heavy handed approach:

Apparently auld acquaintances have been forgotten.

Update: The Eagles have put out a statement that doesn’t actually explain anything.