Depending on how one might look at it, Terry Bradshaw's dropping of an f-bomb during a hot mic moment on "Fox Football Daily" was either an hilarious set-up for the question of the year or a reprehensible display of vulgarity on the part of the Fox Sports announcer and four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. Either way, what's done is done -- and the incident just might set a precedent for making certain live moments being shown are subjected to seven-second delays in the future.
WebProNews reported Sept. 14 that Terry Bradshaw, in one of those fully authentic moments of candor that can only be caught when someone is certain nobody is listening in, was walking across the set of the new Fox Sports 1 show "Fox Football Daily," talking with co-panelist and former Super Bowl winning coach Jimmie Johnson. The show airs on Fox Sports 1 and has a segment called "Sneak Peaks" where the cameras show viewers what's going on in the studio during commercial breaks. It was during one of those "Sneak Peaks" that viewers got a good peak at Terry Bradshaw's display of somewhat colorful and descriptive language.
“Besides, I wouldn’t have f***** his old ugly-ass mother anyway. God dang. I’ve got more pride than that,” Bradshaw told a giggling Jimmie Johnson.
The video of Bradshaw's f-bomb drop has lit up the Internet, prompting a quick move toward damage control by Fox Sports.
Spokesman Dan Bell issued an apology for the hot mic moment:
"FOX Sports apologizes for the inadvertent and inappropriate language heard during a commercial break on Friday's edition of FOX Football Daily on FOX Sports 1. The personalities in the studio, including Terry Bradshaw, were unaware that we'd be going to the set live at that time. We apologize to Terry and viewers who unfortunately heard the comments. We are reviewing our procedures to make sure this does not happen again."
Now there has been considerable speculation as to what and who Bradshaw was talking about, including those that believe he may simply have been telling Johnson a joke and delivering the punch line. But he may have been letting Johnson in a story wherein someone had suggested something that might have involved sex with someone's mother. Could that something have been a suggestion that Bradshaw was someone's father perhaps? With just a few words, there is no definitive way to ascertain the answer.
But if this is not the punch line of a joke, there is going to be at least one question that will follow this mini-scandal for some time: Just who is the "old ugly-ass mother" Bradshaw is talking about?