After Sunday’s ho-hum win over the Titans, Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed his team in the locker room. Cameras and microphones were present. And chaos, or something like it, ensued.
It seemed like no big deal at the time. Harbaugh talked about finding a way to win on Sunday after playing a hard-fought game seven nights earlier in Pittsburgh. He pointed out how the Steelers struggled to win in New York after playing the Ravens last Sunday night.
“That team beat us last week,” Harbaugh said. “Then they went and got their ass kicked this week.”
Harbaugh’s comments referring to the Steelers were broadcast by CBS. And the Ravens have responded by issuing a strongly-worded statement chastising CBS for disregarding a directive to not televise the remarks.
“The comments made by John Harbaugh in the locker room following today’s victory over the Titans were meant for Ravens players and coaches only,” Ravens Senior Vice President of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne said. “The CBS-TV crew that was in the locker room was told by Coach Harbaugh that it could not broadcast what he was about to say. When Coach Harbaugh finished talking about various things happening around the NFL and in the AFC North, he told the crew that it could now use what he was going to say. Inexplicably, CBS-TV then aired comments Coach Harbaugh specifically said were not to leave the locker room. CBS-TV immediately pulled the video and apologized to the Ravens.”
It’s unclear how much attention the comments got before the Ravens issued their statement. Issuing a statement necessarily will generate more.