Social media was on fire Sunday with accusations that sports giant ESPN abruptly interrupted a post-game interview Saturday as soon as a coach started talking about God, but the network claims it was all just an accident.
And apologized for the incident.
After squeaking past Notre Dame 24-22 Saturday night, winning Clemson coach Dabo Swinney explained what led to his team’s victory.
“Tonight it was BYOG — bring your own guts. And they brought some guts and some heart and they never quit until the last play,” he said.
So far, so good. Then Swinney mentioned God and got cut off.
“And thank you to the good Lord and my dad who was with me –”
At that point Swinney’s interview ended mid-sentence and the controller switched to the ESPN SportsCenter set, where hosts Jay Harris and Kevin Connors appeared oblivious that they were on the air.
After 15 seconds of showing the two fiddle with their tablets, the controller cut back to the tail-end of Swinney’s interview.
ESPN senior PR director Keri Potts tweeted the network’s apologies, and claimed it was all inadvertent.
As a result of an error in TV transmission, we inadvertently missed 12 seconds of Dabo Swinney’s postgame interview. We apologize.
— Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) October 4, 2015
Full Dabo interview was shown on WatchESPN at 11:56pmET and will be shown in full during upcoming halftime of Oregon / Colorado game on ESPN — Keri Potts (@MsPotts_ESPN) October 4, 2015
But a lot of viewers weren’t buying it.
So…that was weird. pic.twitter.com/YBh3XMDTNT
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) October 4, 2015
— One of the folks. (@LMF32506) October 4, 2015
@HuffingtonPost I saw! Conveniently happened when the coach was giving God credit. And the liberal media still says no anti Christian bias!
— Jeffrey P Duke (@jepadu) October 4, 2015
ESPN can claim technical problems all it wants — and to be fair, it certainly looked more like a snafu than some deliberate censorship.
But the network should surely understand why its doubters don’t believe it was an accident.
This guy makes the case pretty well.
ESPN showed Michael Sam kissing his bf a million times and gave Bruce Jenner a “Courage”award but mention God and the conversation is over?
— Shabba Ranks (@paiggggeeeyyyy) October 4, 2015
Sure looks that way.
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