A Beauxs reporter apologizes to Giovanni Bernard for posting an embarrassing exchange in the locker room after a huge loss
ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter Gina Lynn apologized via Twitter after she and other reporters received backlash over their interactions with linebacker Giovanni Bernard following Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Lin and other reporters confronted Bernard in the Buccaneers locker room after the team’s 34-23 loss in which Tampa Bay was leading 17-3 going into halftime. Searching for an answer to a botched false kick that appeared to be a call Bernard wasn’t looking for when the ball was caught, the reporters wanted to talk to Bernard, who was hoping instead to leave the locker room.
“Oh, now you guys want to talk to me,” he said, according to Lynn.
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You can hear Lin respond in the video saying, “I’ve been injured all year,” referring to Bernard only playing five games due to an ankle injury that forced him on injured reserve. Triggers on IR are not required for media.
As another reporter put it: “What have you done for us to talk to you all year?”
In a lengthy Twitter post, Laine first said she apologized to Bernard, saying there was “no point” and “it was not my intention to make it a ‘caught’ moment, but to show how tense things can get into the locker room when a team doesn’t live up to its expectations.” .
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“He captured him in a moment of weakness, all the optics wrong and didn’t tell the whole story,” she wrote.
The second part of Lynn’s apology was due to her “very defensive yet” comments about posting the video, which were met with a mixed reaction in her comments.
“My goal was for these athletes not to reach for what they have in their hands, they are some of the hardest people on the planet and accountability is part of their daily lives. I realize it came across as callous and insensitive I was in no way trying to use his injury as a weapon against him either by referring to it.
“The hardest thing about this was that in this moment I had become what I swore I would never be, I lacked empathy, and that was so much needed here.”
“Tom Brady will be welcome back to the Nationals with all open arms,” said Rob Gronkowski.
Eventually Bernard would take the questions, repeating incessantly, “It was all mine.”
Head coach Todd Bowles noted that Bernard knew it was a fake gamble.
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“The misunderstanding,” said Bernard, “that’s all it was on my part. I take the whole fault for that.”
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