Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, an NFL Films representative who was on-site at MetLife Stadium signed off on airing the comments.
Bell responded to Mehta's report on Twitter, saying the "NFL screwed Sammy over" by letting this air as the game was happening:
Le'Veon Bell @LeVeonBell
The NFL screwed Sammy over...there’s not one player in the NFL who’s cool with having every sideline convo broadcasted to millions...there’s a reason we’ve never heard other QB’s frustrated on the sideline like that before...that’s crazy, @NFL did Sam dirty as hell https://t.co/2XmYXNTNoL
Darnold made the comment while sitting on the sidelines after his third turnover of the game. Jets head coach Adam Gase later expressed his frustration about having that moment broadcast to the public.
"That was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear about after the game," Gase told reporters Tuesday. "I don't know if I've ever seen that where somebody that was mic'd up was basically … a comment like that was allowed to be aired. It bothers me. It bothers the organization. We're looking hard into our cooperation going forward."
Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, a producer for NFL Films will typically send interesting clips to ESPN for broadcasts, and the Jets weren't aware of Darnold's comments before they aired on the network.
Darnold finished the game 11-of-32 for 86 yards with four interceptions and one lost fumble. The Jets dropped to 1-5 and are in third place in the AFC East.