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Corso and Jaworski Set Bad Example: Cursing Has No Place on ESPN

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 26:  ESPN College GameDay announcers (l to r) Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit comment during the NCAA football game between Notre Dame and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 26, 2002 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the Florida State Seminoles 34-24.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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Chase SummersCorrespondent INovember 30, 2011

To many of you who grew up around sports, cursing was something you grew jaded to. Be it football, basketball or baseball, sports incite emotion and intensity that leads to coaches and players using less-than-savory words.

Stomping out cursing in sports is not ever going to happen, but now it is appearing on TV during sports broadcasts and pregame shows.

Over the last couple of months, ESPN analysts Ron Jaworski and Lee Corso have used words that are not supposed be used on TV during Monday Night Football and College GameDay, respectively.

Jaworski used the word to describe a pass thrown during the game he was covering, and Corso used his while picking the winner of a game.

Both issued apologies. Neither was fined or punished.

I understand that sometimes things slip, but this has happened twice now in the same football season. Kids watch these games and shows, or are running around the house or sitting in daddy's lap while he watches TV. For the most part, ESPN is supposed to be family friendly.

I know a lot of kids these days curse, but a lot of kids don't and they don't need to be introduced to these words before they are ready to handle them. They will eventually hear them at school or on other TV shows or movies, but that doesn't mean they should have to hear them at home while watching sports.

One of the announcers on GameDay commented he was glad for the seven-second delay on live TV—installed because of the infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson during the halftime show—unfortunately, as it turned out in these two instances, there was no delay.

Why not?

A delay would solve the problem. The producers could quickly edit out the word and the show could go on without a hitch. It would keep ESPN family friendly and controversy free, and parents could relax knowing their kids won't be picking up dirty words while watching their favorite teams.

Many parents have already stopped taking their kids to live games because of the fans cursing there. That shouldn't have to happen on TV when we can control what is said. 

 

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