When ESPN hired Bob Knight as a college basketball analyst, some questioned whether the coach with the legendary temper would be able to work as a TV commentator without dropping any four-letter words.
As it has turned out, in his year with the Worldwide Leader, Knight has been great on the air at breaking down basketball games, and doing it without employing any obscenities. At least until today.
On Wednesday's Mike and Mike in the Morning, Knight called in (on the Subway hotline, as the sponsor-heavy show calls it) to talk some college basketball. Things were going fine until a moment during the show when Knight suddenly seemed to think he had been cut off and said, "Oh, s**t. I lost you."
With that, Knight hung up his phone, while co-host Mike Greenberg scrambled to try to get him back on topic, saying, "No, we got it. Bob Knight, we're still there, we hear you. Bob, do you hear us? I think Bob Knight may have just lost us there, so we'll try and get him back here. I was able to hear him."
So was everyone else.
Overall, as on-air slip-ups go, muttering the S-word is a fairly minor one. In fact, Knight has seemed like such an easygoing fellow on TV recently that it was kind of refreshing to hear some of the old profanity again. Even if Subway probably didn't like it.
UPDATE: I got the following response from ESPN: "It was an unfortunate slip and we apologize."
"Oh, [expletive]. I lost you." Coaching legend Bob Knight made the slip-up during an appearance on 'Mike and Mike in the Morning'. ESPN called it an "unfortunate slip."
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