NFL Network: We Made 'Terrible Mistake'
Posted Nov 27, 2009 12:02AM By FanHouse Newswire (RSS feed)
DENVER (AP) -- The NFL Network accidentally aired a vulgarity yelled by Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as he chastised his players on the sideline of their Thanksgiving night game against the New York Giants.
Coming out of a commercial break following a series of false starts near the goal line that resulted in Denver settling for a field goal, the NFL Network showed a clip of McDaniels, who yelled at his players: "We're trying to win the [expletive] game!"
The vulgarity was clearly audible to viewers, and announcer Bob Papa immediately apologized to viewers.
"We want to apologize for that audio as we went to the last break that got out over the air. We do send our sincerest apologizes for the Josh McDaniels audio that got out there," Papa told viewers.
In an interview with The Associated Press and the Denver Post, Eric Weinberger, executive producer of the NFL Network, apologized to viewers and to McDaniels for the "terrible mistake."
He said no one in the production trucks heard the profanity.
"No one heard it as it was said. It would never have been aired," Weinberger said. "It was at the end of a clip, so we missed it."
He said he heard the profanity at the same time everyone else did.
"I probably said the same thing" as McDaniels did, Weinberger acknowledged.
"We're not in this business to do that," Weinberger said. "We're in this business to show sports and to show the most emotion that we can show. And the guy is an incredibly emotional, passionate guy."
McDaniels wasn't miked. The audio was picked up by the NFL Network's cameras.
"It's amazing how aggressive the production is with microphones not even on the guys. We don't have wires on the guys," Weinberger said. "You're picking up ambient sound. If you're watching the game, you're hearing Kyle Orton calling audibles as the game's going on. He's not miked. It's the microphones that are on the sides that are picking up ambient sound."
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