ESPN Offers ‘Deepest Apologies’ for ‘Regrettable Technical Error’

By Mark Joyella 

ESPN has apologized for an audio error on the network’s College GameDay that made it seem as if people were laughing at a discussion of sexual assault. “We experienced a regrettable technical error at a most unfortunate time – during the discussion of a very sensitive subject matter,” said a network spokesperson. “We offer our deepest apologies that the extraneous audio made air during this segment.”

The GameDay panel was discussing an interview with Art Briles, the former Baylor head coach forced out after a sexual assault scandal at the university. What appeared to be an open mic from another source fed additional voice–and laughter–in the background of the serious conversation.

The segment ended with an on-air apology as well, as the audio issues remained unresolved throughout the conversation.