Tag:Ernie Johnson
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 3:15 pm

Shaquille O'Neal swears on live TNT broadcast

Posted by Ben Golliver shaq-barkley

Rookie move.

Shaquille O'Neal spent 19 years in the NBA as arguably the most dominant center of all-time, but he's in his first year as a basketball commentator for TNT and he's off to a sloppy start.

During Thursday night's telecast if Inside The NBA, O'Neal accidentally said the word "s***" with his microphone still live as the crew went to a commercial break. O'Neal was on the set with host Ernie Johnson and fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley.

"You know who I blame for that s***, I blame..." Shaq began, before Smith cut in with an "Oh!" and the segue way to commercials could actually take place. O'Neal was not visible when he uttered the profanity, with the outro graphics already rolling.

Here's video of O'Neal's slip-up via USA Today.

Yahoo Sports notes that the TNT panel tried to make amends for O'Neal's profanity by making light of it later in the broadcast.
The good news is that TNT characteristically managed to have a little fun with the moment. At halftime of the Grizzlies/Knicks game that kicked off the doubleheader, Shaq stuffed a bar of soap in his mouth to wash out all the bad words. 
O'Neal's commentating work was recently the subject of some mocking by Barkley, who hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend and imitated his low-energy, marble-mouthed delivery. Barkley was also caught on a live microphone during a recent TNT broadcast referring to his endorsement of Weight Watchers as a "scam."

O'Neal announced in June that he was retiring from the NBA. By July, he had signed with Turner to join the popular TNT broadcast.
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 10:25 pm

Tracy Morgan says something about Sarah Palin

Posted by Royce Young

I'm not sure anyone has ever made Charles Barkley speechless, but Tracy Morgan did exactly that. On "Inside the NBA" before the Knicks game against the Heat, Morgan was brought over to talk to Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson. Morgan, of course, is one of the most recognizable Knicks fans and is a star on 30 Rock and formerly of Saturday Night Live .

Barkley and Smith asked Morgan to settle an argument about Morgan's co-star Tina Fey and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. I'm not sure Morgan really settled the debate, but he certainly had an answer. (Heads up: Inapproriate, sexual comment ahead)

A Turner Sports spokesman told Sports Media Watch of the incident, "It's unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments."

Morgan is the one to blame for the comments obviously, but Chuck and Kenny Smith should've known what kind of territory they were walking into when they asked the question.
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