Imagine the following for a moment.
My entire household erupts in yelling and cheering as we celebrate a stunning victory for the home team. I’m sure you can imagine—drinks flew, cats ran for their lives and chaos reigned for a few moments as we all leaped to our feet and voiced our joyous disbelief.
Amidst the excitement, both here and pouring out of the baseball stadium in Milwaukee, the camera pans to a reporter on the field.
She tries and fails to interview a choked-up Prince Fielder in an incredibly touching moment.
Things are quieting down just a touch on the home front as Ryan Braun is next in line for a postgame interview. The noise subsides just in time for Nyjer Morgan to lean into the camera over Braun’s shoulder and drop the F-bomb on national television.
He says it once and heads snap towards the television as we all wonder if our minds had just played tricks on us.
Then he says it again, and then one more time for good measure. Ryan Braun is laughing, and the reporter is speechless.
I couldn’t believe my ears. None of us could.
Now, please don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to swearing in all of its glorious forms. I have been known to run my mouth, including at inappropriate times.
I’ll also put it out there that for a man who just sent his team to the next round of the MLB playoffs, Nyjer Morgan’s reaction wasn’t exactly inappropriate. Emotion was running exceptionally high in Milwaukee, and it’s no big secret that Morgan is not always the most politically correct guy on the team.
What was shocking was that TBS allowed the whole thing to happen without even making an attempt at censoring it. The last time I checked, that was still on the list of unacceptable television language.
But TBS dropped the ball. There was no beep, and the camera never cut away from the scene that was playing out. The television audience was treated to Morgan’s heartfelt, crude reaction in its entirety.
For those who found his language offensive or inappropriate, it may be easy to point the finger at Morgan for his antics.
Realistically, though, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of whoever was directing the game in the studio at TBS.
After all, Nyjer Morgan was just being his strange, controversial self. We should all be used to expecting the unexpected from him by now—especially the broadcast personnel who inexplicably let this one slide.