The Baltimore Ravens were unhappy Sunday when coach John Harbaugh’s postgame locker room speech was shown live on CBS.
The Ravens head coach did not think his comments would be broadcast, so he took a shot at the AFC rival Pittsburgh Steelers moments after the Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans.
“That team (Pittsburgh) beat us last week, and then went and got their ass kicked this week,” Harbaugh told his team, referring to the Steelers’ loss to the New York Jets.
Obviously Harbaugh didn’t think that part of his postgame speech would be seen by a national audience. He’s probably not very happy it was, and the team went as far as to issue a statement explaining the situation.
“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,” the team said in the statement. “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.”
CBS also released a statement of its own: “We immediately pulled it down and called the Baltimore Ravens to apologize.”
Unfortunately, the Ravens and Steelers won’t play each other again during the regular season.