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Words From Red Sox' Ortiz Grab Spotlight As Boston Sports Resume

Pro sports returned to Boston yesterday, and much of the focus remains on what Red Sox DH David Ortiz said at the end of a ceremony that preceded the team’s 4-3 win over the Royals. Ortiz’microphone “was hot and his words were clear” when he said, “This is our [expletive] city, and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong” He later “apologized for the swear, but not the sentiment,” and in “the wake of incomprehensible terror, the words were forceful, defiant, and proud” (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/21). The Red Sox will “avoid any fines" from the FCC because of Ortiz’ comments. FCC Chair Julius Genachowski wrote on the organization’s official Twitter account, “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game" (USATODAY.com, 4/21).

The profanity was picked up by NESN and MLB Network, which was using NESN's footage. MLB Network officials said they would not issue a comment on a "spontaneous live moment" from NESN's feed. NESN officials have yet to respond to an email inquiry. Ortiz' profanity also was heard on FS Kansas City's telecast, for which announcer Steve Physioc apologized. FSN VP/Communications Chris Bellitti: "Our coverage was live, and obviously no one was expecting profanity in that situation. Our announcers handled it well and apologized to the audience." ESPN viewers did not hear the profanity, as the network picked up the pre-game ceremony. ESPN VP/Communications Mike Soltys: "When we take another network's feed, we delay it. Our 'SportsCenter' control room turned off the sound for the expletive" (THE DAILY).
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