CBS Apologizes For Airing John Harbaugh Locker Room Comments About Steelers (Video)
John Harbaugh, after winning yesterday 21-7 over the Tennessee Titans, had some enthusiastic words for his players. Unfortunately, the CBS cameras were there, and those comments, which were meant for only his players, were broadcast.
John Harbaugh didn’t say anything terribly shocking or offensive, but he did offer up a little something in reference to their opponents last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers:
“That team beat us last week. Then they went and got their ass kicked this week.”
That’s very true. You don’t really want to be broadcast commenting on other teams’ fates, but what he said was very true.
Still, it’s unsurprising that he considered the exhibition of his speech a “breach of trust,” because I’m sure that head coaches lose the diplomacy when they’re speaking to a closed room, and it’s important to know which instance is which.
Here’s Harbaugh telling the CBS camera crew not to air his locker room comments:
And here are his comments about the Steelers:
After the comments were aired, Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne released the following statement:
“The comments made by John Harbaugh in the locker room following today’s victory over the Titans were meant for Ravens players and coaches only. The CBS-TV crew that was in the locker room was told by Coach Harbaugh that it could not broadcast what he was about to say. When Coach Harbaugh finished talking about various things happening around the NFL and in the AFC North, he told the crew that it could now use what he was going to say. Inexplicably, CBS-TV then aired comments Coach Harbaugh specifically said were not to leave the locker room. CBS-TV immediately pulled the video and apologized to the Ravens.”
CBS has since apologized for airing the remarks, and will mind its own damn business in the future.