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Clay Hampton, in 1999
 

Training camp will have a different feel for those inside the Jets organization this year. For the first time in 55 years, a member of the Hampton family won’t be a part of it.

The Jets surprisingly fired senior director of team operations Clay Hampton last month. Hampton had worked for the team for 30 years and had been in charge of operations since 2006. His father, Bill, was the team’s equipment manager from 1964 through 2000.

The move came as a surprise to people inside the Jets because Hampton was well respected and liked throughout the team’s Florham Park headquarters. It is unclear what prompted the firing, which came June 15, after the team completed minicamp.

Hampton, 50, did not return messages seeking comment. The Jets had no comment.

 

 
 

 

 

 

Hampton was not known to many fans but had one of those behind-the-scenes jobs integral to running a football team. One of his primary responsibilities was organizing the team’s road trips. He also oversaw the day-to-day operations around the team’s practice facility.

“To me, he was the Jets,” former coach Rex Ryan said Thursday. “His family, to me, these are people that are the Jets. They’ve been there the whole time. It’s really weird that he’s not going to be with the Jets anymore. It’s really strange. Sometimes, I guess, people want to move on from the past. I don’t know if that’s why they got rid of him.”

Ryan said he never had any problems with Hampton during his time with the Jets from 2009-14.

“He was awesome,” Ryan said. “The six years I was there, he was better than great. Everything was done at such a first-class level. Not one time ever did we have an issue with any of the places we stayed, the airlines. It was awesome. To me, he was an amazing guy and someone I was really proud that I had the opportunity to work with him.”

Hampton initially worked as a ballboy with the Jets in 1983 before working under his father in the equipment room. He succeeded his father as equipment manager in 2001 before moving to operations.

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13 hours ago, dbatesman said:

My first thought too, especially because both sides are no-commenting.

More often than not, in these types of situations, the employee is selling game merchandise unbeknownst to the team, and without the team's consent.

Hate to speculate, but that is often how these types of positions poison themselves.

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14 hours ago, Larz said:

6 years ago........ So weird........ 

 
 
 

The Jaguars fired long-time equipment manager Drew Hampton before the team's first week of organized team activities. The reason was unclear and the Jaguars declined to comment on the decision.

Hampton had been the Jaguars equipment manager since 1998, when Tom Coughlin was the Jaguars' coach. He was the assistant equipment manager in 1997. In 2004, his peers elected him the NFL's equipment manager of the year.

Related: Equipment managers' Hampton Cup holds more than bragging rights

Since he was 13, Hampton has worked in equipment managing, first helping his father Bill Hampton, who was the equipment manager for the New York Jets for 39 years before retiring in 2001.

smells like what happened ot Mets guy. Had all Jerseys, snagged game worn Jerseys and gear etc. Then they found out he was selling on side to Sports Memorbelia guys... Who knows, maybe it  was a family side business?

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What does the Jaguars guy (Drew Hampton) have to do with the firing of our guy (Clay Hampton), apart from being related?

I see a number of comments to that Jags post I don't get, about "not researching before you hire".

These are two different dudes.  Related, but different.

Am I missing something obvious here?

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57 minutes ago, Warfish said:

What does the Jaguars guy (Drew Hampton) have to do with the firing of our guy (Clay Hampton), apart from being related?

I see a number of comments to that Jags post I don't get, about "not researching before you hire".

These are two different dudes.  Related, but different.

Am I missing something obvious here?

Let me make a call to a guy who sadly is a Jets fan. I will get back to you

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32 minutes ago, SouthernJet said:

Let me make a call to a guy who sadly is a Jets fan. I will get back to you

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Ok, instead of ******* with me, how about you just tell me.

Get they are related and both fired (years apart), is that it?

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15 minutes ago, Warfish said:

Ok, instead of ******* with me, how about you just tell me.

Get they are related and both fired (years apart), is that it?

I am tellingt you like I said before,, smells like a stealing equipment, game jerseys etc for resell by 3rd party to hide indentoties. Maybe it  was a family side business... Forensic Accountant shpuld be able to prove. I wpuld go back and look at old man #s also.......

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2 hours ago, SouthernJet said:

I am tellingt you like I said before,, smells like a stealing equipment, game jerseys etc for resell by 3rd party to hide indentoties. Maybe it  was a family side business... Forensic Accountant shpuld be able to prove. I wpuld go back and look at old man #s also.......

Whoa you do realize that the Jets barely have a player that they make a jersey for?  

Sam Darnold might be a top seller but he's not in camp and is unsigned and there were no jerseys of his to steal and sell. 

I highly doubt a #15 Josh McCown jersey is a hot seller. 

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15 hours ago, joewilly12 said:

Whoa you do realize that the Jets barely have a player that they make a jersey for?  

Sam Darnold might be a top seller but he's not in camp and is unsigned and there were no jerseys of his to steal and sell. 

I highly doubt a #15 Josh McCown jersey is a hot seller. 

Pretty sure the Jets make a jersey for every player on their roster. 

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2 hours ago, Scott Dierking said:

Pretty sure the Jets make a jersey for every player on their roster. 

Definitely but I'm talking about the ones available for fans to purchase. 

My last trip to Dick's Sporting Goods there were 0 NY Jets jerseys for sale. 

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1 hour ago, joewilly12 said:

Definitely but I'm talking about the ones available for fans to purchase. 

My last trip to Dick's Sporting Goods there were 0 NY Jets jerseys for sale. 

My speculation is not that he may have been absconding merchandise for sale. Not much of a market for that. The real market for the position that he and his family are in is marketing and selling game used merchandise of athletes that he is in contact with and catering to. Huge market in that, and it is definitely frowned upon by those that employ you.

Bottom line, I don't know what he did, but that is the common theme of these level of employees.

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On 7/27/2018 at 11:35 PM, Kleckineau said:

What happens when you try to sell game worn Hackenberg jerseys on Craigs.

If scarcity is a proxy for value, such a thing would be priceless.

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