CBS apologizes for playing John Harbaugh's postgame remarks

"We weren't paying very well," said John Harbaugh, referring to the first half. "But we managed to figure a couple ideas, hit a couple passes and start to crack them in the run game." (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)

CBS issued an apology Sunday night after broadcasting postgame remarks from Ravens coach John Harbaugh during which he commented on the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the New York Jets.

The remarks, which were apparently only intended to be heard by Ravens players and staff, were later taken down by CBS. However, they remain available on message boards and websites.


"That team beat us last week, OK," Harbaugh said in a reference to the Steelers' 43-23 rout of the Ravens at Heinz Field.. "Then, they went and got their [butt] kicked this week."

The Ravens later issued a statement about the CBS incident.

"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," Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said in a statement. "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."

CBS Sports spokesperson Jennifer Sabatelle issued a statement apologizing for the network's gaffe.

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