One of the funniest, and most-repeated, missteps in sports broadcasting is when someone’s trying to describe a back injury of a “bulging disc” and says “bulging dick” by mistake. There are plenty of examples over the years, including Steve Levy’s infamous 1995 one on SportsCenter and Al Trautwig and Andy Katz each falling victim in 2012, and NESN’s Sarah Davis giving us a variation with “herniated dick” in 2015.
Now NFL Network’s Jane Slater has joined the club. Here’s Slater trying to report on Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who had a back issue last year:
“If you’ll remember, last year he was dealing with a bulging dick, uh, disc issue in his lower back. They tell us this is not connected.” Well, that’s good at least. And that’s a nice and quick recovery by Slater, who went on to finish her report.
Slater also took this in good stride on Twitter:
Live tv is the greatest. You know what I meant 🤷🏼♀️
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 9, 2017
She’s not the first broadcaster to do this, and it’s highly doubtful she’ll be the last.