Canadian Broadcasting Corporation swimming announcer Elliotte Friedman (who’s only doing that job thanks to Steve Armitage having to pull out late over health concerns) made a substantial gaffe Thursday, mixing up the lanes of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps during the 200-metre IM gold medal race and falsely announcing that Lochte had won before realizing his mistake and apologizing profusely. After on-air apologies, Friedman also offered an apology on Twitter:

What’s really interesting, though, is the amount of support and positive feedback Friedman received in the wake of that tweet:

Here are some of the other positive tweets to Friedman, from people both inside and outside the broadcasting realm and from people around the world:

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.