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.