Did NBC Go Too Far With Its Coverage of JJ Watt’s Injury & Overhead View Of Ambulance Ride? (TWEETS)
Shortly after outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus went down with an injury, cameras noticed Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt on the ground and writhing in pain. Not a voice could be heard in the entire NRG Stadium.
During every stage of Watt’s injury, NBC made sure to have every single update and a camera nearby in case he even looked one way or the other. There were constant replays of his injury and countless shots following Watt into the locker room.
Then it got really weird.
First, cameras caught Watt hobbling on crutches to board an ambulance in the team tunnel. Then NBC gave an aerial shot of Watt in the ambulance leaving NRG, en route to a near-by hospital.
Social media couldn’t help but notice and they spoke out about it on Twitter:
The amount of coverage on JJ Watt’s transportation to the hospital during this broadcast is very strange.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) October 9, 2017
It felt like I was watching old school WWF, each time they showed Watt on the stretcher I was expecting someone to run up and attack him
— Rich Keibler (@rich_keibler) October 9, 2017
What other player do they get a helicopter to follow in the ambulance to the damn hospital
— lindsey ok (@lindseyyok) October 9, 2017
Unless O.J. Simpson is driving JJ Watt’s ambulance, the NBC helicopter camera might be a bit excessive. pic.twitter.com/8uGQk9nvy5
— TennisCapper (@TennisCapper) October 9, 2017
The ambulance waiting for JJ Watt was straight out of Monday Night RAW’s playbook pic.twitter.com/odflvr5OGs
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) October 9, 2017
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) October 9, 2017
The Houston Texans eventually announced that J.J. Watt suffered a tibial plateau fracture to his left leg and would miss the rest of the season.