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CBS takes down postgame video of John Harbaugh after Ravens' demand

Ravens coach John Harbaugh stands next to an NFL official during the game against the Tennessee Titans.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh stands next to an NFL official during the game against the Tennessee Titans. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

CBS Sports might have done its best work Sunday after the Ravens game when its cameras and microphone caught John Harbaugh saying what he really thinks instead of the laundered, white-washed, and totally-PR'd stuff he routinely gives to the press.

CBS captured Harbaugh telling his team how the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Ravens handily the week before, went out and "got their [expletive] kicked" by the Jets, while the Ravens rebounded with a victory over the Titans.

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"That team beat us last week," Harbaugh said.  "Then they went and got their expletive kicked this week."

The intent was, I guess, to praise his team for rebounding -- even if it was over the hapless Titans. See it here on Vine.

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That's the only place you can see it apparently, because as soon as it aired, the Ravens demanded CBS not show the clip again, and CBS acquiesced.

"The comments made by John Harbaugh in the locker room following today's victory over the Titans were meant for Ravens players and coaches only," the statement from Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations, said.

"The CBS-TV crew that was in the locker room was told by Coach Harbaugh that it could not broadcast what he was about to say. When Coach Harbaugh finished talking about various things happening around the NFL and in the AFC North, he told the crew that it could now use what he was going to say.

"Inexplicably, CBS-TV then aired comments Coach Harbaugh specifically said were not to leave the locker room. CBS-TV immediately pulled the video and apologized to the Ravens."

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Here's the statement from CBS Sports:

"We broadcast a clip during our postgame show that should not have aired. We immediately pulled it down and called the Baltimore Ravens to apologize."

As for my take on the CBS telecast of the game itself, read that here.

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