Robert Saleh’s Police Escort to Knicks Recreation Wasn’t Licensed, NJ State Police Say | Bleacher Report
AP Photo / invoice Kostroun
Robert Saleh received a warm welcome from the Madison Square Garden crowd when he attended the New York Knicks playoff game on Wednesday, but there is controversy over the New York Jets head coach’s police escort.
According to Craig McCarthy of the New York Post, the New Jersey State Police said the officer who accompanied Saleh to the game was not authorized to do so.
“The escort of New York Jets Coach Robert Saleh through a car marked by the New Jersey State Police was unauthorized,” said NJSP Lt. Jeff Flynn in a statement Friday.
Flynn added that the situation had “been referred to the Office of Professional Standards for internal investigation.”
Oli Coleman, Larry Celona and Bruce Golding from the Post received a video of Saleh and three of his sons arriving at the VIP entrance to Madison Square Garden.
Saleh’s black SUV will be “closely followed by a marked NJSP vehicle with flashing lights”.
McCarthy noted that the situation was in violation of protocol for New Jersey to New York City police escorts, who are usually reserved when New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy travels to the city with an NJSP security team.
Saleh is in his freshman year with the Jets. Their facilities, which hosted organized team activities this week, are in Florham Park, New Jersey.