FOX’s Mike Goldberg apologizes: I let mean-spirited people get to me

AP

FOX announcer Mike Goldberg has apologized for lashing out at fans on Twitter after his mistake-filled broadcast of Sunday’s Lions-Vikings game.

“I just want to apologize to everyone at FOX and elsewhere for my momentary lapse of reason Sunday night,” Goldberg wrote on Twitter. “I let some mean-spirited folks on twitter get to me and I should have had thicker skin instead of reacting so quickly and emotionally. I don’t want to be a distraction on the upcoming broadcast Sunday, so we mutually agreed that it would be best to sit this next one out. I’m not happy about it personally but, professionally, it’s the right thing to do after my mistake. Thank you to FOX and to others who have been so great to me and understanding.”

Goldberg was originally slated to call this week’s Vikings-Bills game, but he was replaced by Tim Brando. FOX issued a statement confirming that it has pulled Goldberg from the broadcast.

“Obviously, Mike let his emotions get the best of him during his Twitter responses on Sunday,” the statement said. “He was quick to apologize for this unfortunate and regrettable situation and understands he made a mistake. He offered to not broadcast this Sunday’s game to avoid any further distraction and we agreed.”

The claim that Goldberg and FOX “mutually agreed” that he would be pulled from the broadcast is a little hard to believe, unless the “mutual agreement” was FOX telling Goldberg he isn’t going to be in the booth on Sunday and Goldberg agreeing that there was nothing he could do about it. It was extremely unprofessional for Goldberg to take to Twitter and call fans “a–holes” and “douches” while dropping F-bombs on them, and it’s not surprising that FOX decided to act.

Although Goldberg’s apology sounds sincere, it’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Goldberg has responded to tweets from viewers with profanity. It’s just the first time that it was picked up on by a large audience. Goldberg has had similar exchanges with fans criticizing his broadcasting of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, whose fights also air on FOX, and FOX has never acted on it before.

Apparently dropping F-bombs on NFL fans is worse than dropping F-bombs on UFC fans, in the eyes of FOX.

64 responses to “FOX’s Mike Goldberg apologizes: I let mean-spirited people get to me

  1. I know Fox doesn’t have many great or even good announcers but how do you let this guy behind a microphone? He thought Golden Tate played for Minnesota and Norv Turner was a coordinator for the Lions. Is there no screening process at all at Fox?

  2. Well Mr. Goldberg. It appears that the people you called those profane names have won. You will no longer announce NFL games.

    If you would have taken the high road like a professional normally does … you’d still have one of the most sought-after broadcasting jobs in sports.

    Can you imagine Al Michaels (or anyone else really) responding that way to critics?

  3. Who’s brilliant idea was it to have a mindless UFC broadcaster annouce a cerebral sport like football?

    This is like giving Al Sharpton a show on MSNBC.

  4. Apologizing with, “I let mean-spirited people get to me” is kind of like when people say, “I want everyone to know I accept full responsibility. It was his fault.”

  5. Sure he was bad but them Twitter folk hiding behind their keyboards sure feel empowered when they are able to spout nastiness to people in 140 characters or less they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to communicate with. It would be funny for someone semi famous to tweet out how bad those people are doing at their own jobs in life.

  6. t was extremely unprofessional for Goldberg to take to Twitter and call fans “a–holes” and “douches”

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    Unprofessional? Yes. Considering they were Viking fans, accurate might be another way to describe it.

  7. Another no-pology by an angry, hate-filled loudmouth. Gee, he works for FOX too… who would have guessed?

  8. He had to have known golden tate is a lion prior to this game. I think it was something else that was messing him up a bunch of times. If it was his first nfl broadcast I can understand but he should know better than to lash out on Twitter. If you cant take the heat on twitter dont have a twitter account at all.

  9. You suck UFC, you suck at the NFL, Goldberg is just a cornball announcer that sucks at life. Considering Joe Buck is terrible, Mike Goldberg is a poor man’s Buck.

  10. Anytime my team plays on fox is usually not a good broadcast. Last year if you watched fox football on a non hd channel the scoreboard would always be half cut out. It sucked.

  11. You can’t overestimate the sensitivity of UFC and NFL fans. A gentle, learned, lot, totally unaccustomed to base profanity. Especially those who choose to carefully elucidate their feelings via Twitter.

  12. Is this what it’s come to?

    Any chance we could talk John Madden to come out of retirement?

  13. Yes, Fox only acted because those who troll NFL employees with personal insults get more media protection from retaliation than UFC fans, good observation.

    I used to be a big UFC fan, so I’m not surprised Goldie was a disaster in his first NFL game, and was ready for some laughs when I saw he was on the call. He has a tendency to make bizarre mistakes in his word usage at times, and can cross up names. With his style, he sounded like he was reading off a paper even while calling live action, and was clearly unfamiliar with the teams, if not football generally. They could’ve helped him out with a color man that could shoulder some of the load instead of someone totally useless, so that didn’t help matters. He could be decent, in time.

  14. It’s no surprise that all of this is associated with the bottom feeding FAUX network.
    They have Bill O Reilly, Hannity and those other ones who have no clue at all on what they are talking about on the payroll for gosh sakes!
    One of their so called journalists talked bad about Robin Williams right after he died and then had to apologize for his insensitive comments.

  15. I can related re: Twitter… people instigate on there. Regular guys like me can say whatever in response. Guys in the public view cannot. Twitter can turn you into an angry man if you let it.

  16. It is one of the puzzles of life today in Professional sports:
    The screening process for the games shown on TV.

    The list is to long to even begin, but i will say when Mike & Mike is a success, we have to assume the fault lies with the audience.

    They seem like good guys, but intelligent opinions are so far and few between it’s mind bending. Yet they sure seem impressed with themselves to the point of speaking more than they allow the guess they have on…………… that are the EXPERTS.

  17. I never did like that Bill Goldberg woman who was an announcer for CBS. Oops, I mean that Mike Goldberg guy who was an announcer for Fox. Minor mistake — let me try again next week.

  18. Guy apparently doesn’t know how far 10 yards is as well. Don’t know how many times a first down was made by 3 or 4 yards and you heard… “tackled close to a first down.”

  19. packmanfan says:
    Oct 14, 2014 6:11 PM

    It’s no surprise that all of this is associated with the bottom feeding FAUX network.
    They have Bill O Reilly, Hannity and those other ones who have no clue at all on what they are talking about on the payroll for gosh sakes!
    One of their so called journalists talked bad about Robin Williams right after he died and then had to apologize for his insensitive comments.

    =====================

    I agree with everything you said, except Fox Network is separate from Faux News, though both are owned by the same corporation

  20. UNBELIEVABLE!! This idiot still balms it on “Mean Spirited” people and refuses to take personal responsibility. BAD Example and worthless human being. When a person makes the mistake he made he needs to own it 100%. His apology is nothing but a fraud.

  21. Goldberg really pooped his pants on national television! It was a more embarrassing performance than Roseanne Barr and Carl Lewis singing a duet of our national anthem (before the Super Bowl).

  22. Now your sorry after you realized you blew it, rule no. 1 don’t retaliate on social media, the court of public opinion will destroy you

  23. A co-worker of mine is a fake tough guy like Goldberg. We go out to bars every so often and he’s always talking crap to people but then tries to act tough because he “watches MMA” all the time and claims he knows the moves. We’re tempted to just let him get in the fight and get the snot knocked out of him just to teach him a lesson. Yeah, that’s Goldberg.

  24. can you blame the guy for losing his concentration? this is the Vikings we are talking about here, lucky he stayed awake at all.

  25. It was on FOX. What you expect? FOX broadcast are horrible, no matter who’s calling the game. pre-game show is horrible too.

  26. Well Mr. Goldberg. It appears that the people you called those profane names have won. You will no longer announce NFL games.

    If you would have taken the high road like a professional normally does … you’d still have one of the most sought-after broadcasting jobs in sports.

    Can you imagine Al Michaels (or anyone else really) responding that way to critics?
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    Where does it say he will no longer announce NFL games? I see where it says that he will not announce a game next week. It is nothing more than a one week suspension

  27. erod22 says:
    Oct 14, 2014 5:50 PM
    Who’s brilliant idea was it to have a mindless UFC broadcaster annouce a cerebral sport like football?

    This is like giving Al Sharpton a show on MSNBC.
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    As an extreme liberal who loves MSNBC (and UFC for that matter)…

    You’re right.

    Al Sharpton is awful, though I loves me some Maddow, Hayes and Kornacki.

  28. He won’t be back.

    Even Fox is not that dumb.

    Maybe they’ll find a place for him as a commentator on Fox News.

  29. I’m a big MMA fan as well and I can tell you that Goldie has never been a good play by play guy. He’s been doing MMA for 10+ years and still routinely makes rookie mistakes. It’s not surprise at all that his NFL debut was a disaster.

  30. I know Fox doesn’t have many great or even good announcers but how do you let this guy behind a microphone? He thought Golden Tate played for Minnesota and Norv Turner was a coordinator for the Lions. Is there no screening process at all at Fox?
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    To be fair, Norv Turner seems to de doing a better job for the defenses he calls plays against than for the Vikings “offense”.

  31. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 14, 2014 6:09 PM
    You can’t overestimate the sensitivity of UFC and NFL fans. A gentle, learned, lot, totally unaccustomed to base profanity. Especially those who choose to carefully elucidate their feelings via Twitter.
    ____________________________________
    In total agreement with Gabbert, now that I have googled the word “eludicate”…

  32. It is completely mind boggling that television networks can’t find competent people to call games from a pool of about 2 million people that are more knowledgeable about football than Mike Goldberg.

  33. I’m surprised that this guy wasn’t summarily fired. Who is he anyway? I’ve never heard of him. I guess FOX uses him for the “D” games (which any Vikings game probably would be). In any case, he should feel lucky that he still has a job at all…assuming that it lasts.

  34. dbfan4ever,
    Your fooling yourself if you think he’ll be back in an NFL booth. He won’t be. This one week suspension is code for “forever”.

  35. Anyone else find this ironic?

    Guy screws up on TV so faceless cowards bully him on the Internet. He stands up to bully’s and is fired for it. #stopbullying

    P.s. He didn’t do a good job but who listens to the announcers anyway? Aikman hates all teams in the nfc east, Simms is terrible, Joe buck is incredibly bad. Does this stop me from enjoying football NO!

  36. The only way I could see Goldberg receiving a guaranteed permanent firing…if he had said, “Wow, that’s the 8th sack of Vikings quarterback Art Linkletter! I haven’t seen anyone take that kind of a beating since Billy Kilmer of the Washington Redskins!”

  37. If only he had a method of just deleting any tweets that he didn’t like. As you say though real pros would be able to take a bit of critical comment from viewers/readers.

  38. At the risk of being called a mean name, Goldberg has been terrible for a long time before this debacle.

  39. He reacted to mean-spirited fans. I understand. It’s probably the same Viking troll mentality seen on this site time after time.

  40. If anyone has questions about his response, just watch Dana White do an interview. The guy doesn’t care who you are or give a crap what you think of him.

  41. The guy called the Vikings’ head coach “Don Zimmer”, confused Golden Tate with Greg Jennings, identified Mike Priefer as the Lions’ special team coach (he’s the Vikings’ ST coach), got down and distance wrong multiple times, and a few more boners…

    He should apologize for not preparing to do his job.

  42. Makes me wonder what kind of hell Tim Brando has been living in, or who he pissed off so badly that he’ll forever be known as Mike Goldberg’s replacement. To be brought in to replace the worst has to be demeaning for Brando.

    As to Mike Goldberg, we can all argue until the cows come home about his lack of play-by-play skills (in UFC, in Stunt-Plane pylon races as well as football), but you don’t even have to look closely at Buck, Aikman, Sims, Nance (when was the last year he got ball placement/down and distance right the first time) et al, to realize that the bar just isn’t all that high. The TV executives responsible need to apologize to the football loving public, then raise the bar (a lot) and hire some new, knowledgable, intelligent and interesting ‘booth crews’. And please God – find us somebody committed to the proper use of pronouns.

    As an announcer Goldberg may be a major bottom-feeder, but he has lots of company, although I’ll admit that as bad as they all are, none come across as creepy as ‘Goldy’ does. The fact that any of these guys make such huge money in return for ignorance, arrogance and murdering the English language is not only wrong, it’s immoral.

    And now we have the ‘blond female sideline reporter’ phenomenon to contend with. When was the last time you heard one of them ask an intelligent or original question, or even an old hackneyed question in an original way?

    Rave over. I’m outa here.

  43. just another in a long list of terrible broadcasters.been quite some time since you could flip on nbc and get curt gowdy;jim simpson;charlie jones;dick enberg and don criqi.or cbs and get ray scott;pat summerall;etc.it is a sad state when the best they can offer is jim nantz and joe buck

  44. Look, it’s easy to forget who is playing for Minnesota. They have no playmakers on their team. Give this guy a break. He’s still smarter than 99% of everyone in Minnesota (that 1% being those unfortunate Wisconsinites who have had to go there for work or marriage).

    Fun fact: when targeting cordarelle Patterson, the Vikings have 4 interceptions and no touchdowns. He can’t run a route to save his life.

    Have a good day.

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