During a taped halftime segment of Wednesday night's ESPN NBA game between Utah and Phoenix, ESPN let the clip run a few seconds too long and as a result put Jazz coach Jerry Sloan's f-bomb on the air.
Sloan was miked up, an NBA regulation for all head coaches for nationally televised games.
We got to pick up some toughness somewhere," Sloan said at halftime to his team, on its way to a fifth straight loss.
After his speech, he muttered there were a "(expletive) four minutes" on the clock before the start of the second half.
Remember, Sloan's speech wasn't live. This was an error by the ESPN editing crew.
"We apologize for the inadvertent expletive during a taped halftime segment Wednesday night during the Utah-Phoenix telecast," ESPN spokesman Mark Mandel said, reading a prepared statement. "It was said quietly, and we missed it."
ESPN and NBA officials have been in communication with the Jazz. NBA spokesman Mark Broussard said it was a "mistake" in that the "approved segment ran 2 seconds too long."
NBA Commish David Stern made the mandatory miked-up rule in September at the coaches meetings. We all know coaches have potty-mouths, so we'll only be treated to averaged "miked-up" segments, but we still think this is a good idea as it gives perspective to the game. Players miked-up, however, is where the gold usually happens.