During Sunday’s rain-soaked game between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, the game’s commentators were talking football, but the choice of words used seemed to be sexually suggestive for many of the obviously dirty-minded Twitter followers.
Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston was describing how a safety attacks the line of scrimmage when he’s in the front seven or box.
“If he’s in the box, he’s coming, and he’s coming hard and fast.”
Fans immediately took to Twitter posting sexually explicit things about the comment like this:
They didn’t stop there, with one fan saying, “Sensual football is back.”
Another told Fox to sort it out.
“Family show, Fox, sort yourself out.”
This is just the latest in on-air blunders by commentators and television personalities.
Lewd Or Lascivious Comments On Air Aren’t As Rare As One May Think
Johnston choice of words are just the latest in a long line of commentators being scrutinized and criticized for the dialect they use during broadcasts. During the NFL preseason game, as the Cincinnati Bengals lined up for a routine field goal, the announcer said:
“You have to like when a guy is coming right in your face and sits in there and delivers it.”
Of course, fans got a huge kick out of that.
There have been a lot of dirty calls in sports. This may be the dirtiest of all time lol pic.twitter.com/jmbL4b8L8x
— ThatsGoodSports (@BrandonPerna) August 13, 2022
One could say these Tweeters need to get their minds out of the gutter, but these days it’s almost impossible.
During a Ravens/Dolphins broadcast last season Pro Football Hall of Famer and new ESPN MNF color analyst Troy Aikman had some words he said taken completely out of context. As he was describing a running back hitting the hole, the former Oklahoma and UCLA stalwart signal-caller said, “It’s been a while since he’s seen a hole that big.”
Twitter had a field day with it.
I don't know what to say anymore pic.twitter.com/6tT8MDcGy4
— sports announcers with no context (@nocontxtanncr) November 12, 2021
Commentary Is Misinterpreted In Other Sports Too
Football isn’t the only sport where commentators have the occasional sexual gaffe. It also happens in equestrian.
Who can forget former jockey-turned-commentator Ted Walsh saying this:
“This is really a lovely horse, I once rode her mother.”
There had to be a better way of saying this. Didn’t it?
Or how about when tennis legend and commentator John McEnroe, who is known for his heated battles with line judges, sarcastically said, “If you believe Anna Kournikova’s claim that she’s a virgin, I’ve never questioned a call in my life.”
While that is none of his business, it’s also a taste of how commentators of all sports at times take it too far. McEnroe’s attack on the young tennis star was more intentionally disrespectful and seemed personal.
All of these comments were taken out of context by certain people for whatever reason. And the way the way the clout chase is these days, announcers might even use certain language knowing its well within their rights but could create a stir if misinterpreted. The Twitter wolves are always waiting to turn a simple comment into a career-threatening indictment of one’s couth. Often for a laugh.
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