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Nyjer Morgan got a little carried away in the postgame interview last night

Oct 8, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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You’ll be shocked to hear this, but Nyjer Morgan was a little excited following his walk-off hit last night against the Diamondbacks.

Moments after driving in Carlos Gomez with the winning run, Sam Ryan of TBS went to interview Morgan for the television broadcast. What was the first thing we heard? “F*** yeah,” said directly into the microphone. Not once, but twice.

I’m not going to embed the video here, but if you haven’t seen it already, go check it out here.

It’s easy to just chalk this up to the emotions of the moment and I wasn’t really offended by it, but perhaps TBS should know better than to stick a hot mic in front of someone who has proven to be a real loose cannon over the years. That being said, Tim Lincecum cursed a couple times during the Giants’ postseason run last year and it barely raised an eyebrow.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    A little carried away? Only a little? That was a douchetacular move by Nyjer.

    • clydeserra - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM


      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        Screaming F bombs at the crowd is unacceptable. There were children in the crowd. I hold my tongue on a daily basis, but Nyjer has never even tried to. I like the guy, but that was unacceptable. Keep the sailor talk in the locker room.

      • RedHeadedBastard - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        Read hittfamily’s response. I understand that he was emotional after the walkoff, but he could have handled it better than he did.

      • jhorton83 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        I’m sure those children were just traumatized by those f-bombs. Something that will haunt them the rest of those lives. There really is nothing more damaging to a child than swearing. I say we suspend Nyjer for the rest of the playoffs. Think of the children! Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children?!

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        I didn’t say it will traumatize them. If they hear it enough, it may teach them that dropping F bombs in public is acceptable. Kids soak up things like a sponge. If they are around people who smoke, they might deem smoking acceptable. If they are around drug abusers, they might deem drug abuse acceptable. If they see things in public areas, they might deem these things acceptable, including cursing.

        Unlike some of you, I find this disgusting.

      • jhorton83 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      • clydeserra - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

        Why is it unacceptable?

        Look, a 4yo will parrot their caretakers, not a major league baseball player. A 7 year old will only repeat what the major leager says if it is acceptable in his/her family. Anyone older has already formed their relationship with “dirty” words.

        If its acceptable for the 7 year olds family there is nothing we as society can fucking do about it.

        Next you can focus your attention on preventing athletes from saying that they were “fighting” out there. Because children could get the message that fighting is good.

  2. meteor32 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    I couldn’t believe it when they went to talk to him. He was already screaming F*** yeah in the background when they interviewed Braun. I think this has to be chalked up to TBS making a mistake putting a microphone in front of him so soon after the game.

  3. cur68 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Wooo, a grown man cursed in a fit of emotion *gasp*…oooo, my stars and garters, I shall faint, someone catch me…

    When Nyjer Morgan comes out with a John Rocker rant, or a says some homophobic or sexist (as he has in the past) then wake me from my faint, please. Otherwise, this such a nothing story. F**k yeah…

    • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      I don’t curse in front of my children, and don’t allow anyone else to either. Family, Friends, passers by, I don’t care, I will call anyone out and get angry when anyone who drops F bombs in front of 10 year olds. I have closed other peoples car doors at gas stations when thugs insist on pumping fuel while their nasty music is playing at full blast. I have no tolerance for it. Fine this thug for screaming obscenities within earshot of children.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:36 PM

        I understand the sentiment, but of all of the things in the world to worry about protecting your kids from and all of the things you need to teach them so that they can safely navigate the world….swearing really should be quite a ways down the list on things of importance.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM

        It is. I would be even angrier if Nyjer Morgan had stolen something on a live broadcast, raped someone on a live broadcast, stripped naked, beat someone up. He didn’t but he and TBS still brought something into my house that I don’t allow.

        I can’t yet teach my 10 and 6 year olds trigonometry, calc, proper grammar, computer programming, law, anatomy, or any other skill that will help them succeed. I can however teach them some things that will help shape their character that will one day help them in success. Safety is number 1. Good manners and good behavior is second, and dropping F bombs on a program encouraged them to watch doesn’t help my cause. I do not find Tony Plush’s and TBS’ mutual screw up acceptable, no matter how minor others may deem it. It was brought into my living room, and that angers me.

      • cur68 - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        hitt’; got it man, you don’t want your kids listening to swear words. I’m not here to tell you how to raise your kids. However there are worse things it the world than a few swear words. I try and save my “get all up in someone’s grill” for that stuff. Y’know, the wife beaters, teenage fist fights, guys kicking their dogs, road rage fights that I’ve stepped into he middle of? Swearing in public is like so far down the list of crap I’d get up in arms over I can’t even see it.

      • Matt - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        I’m confused…is closing other people’s car doors at gas stations, or yelling at strangers in public the type of good behavior and good manners our kids need to learn? I guess merely pointing out to my kids that some people do bad things that they shouldn’t imitate just because they see them means my kids are destined to be swearing failures.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        I have stepped between a couples fight, and was damn near arrested for it. When I was 22, I saw a man in the mall parking lot kick a woman form behind, jerking her head back and sending her to the ground. I tackled the man, and told him to get out of there. As I was talking with the woman, the cops showed up. The guy had called the cops, and when they got there, she took his side. I was placed in cuffs and sat down on a bench while another officer went with mall security to watch the security video.

        After that incident, I will help a woman in immediate danger, but other than that she is on her own.

        I understand there are more worse things in life than cursing. I don’t want Nyjer arrested. I don’t want TBS’s broadcasting license pulled. I grew up in a military family where cursing was the norm. So was racism. Neither will be acceptable under my roof, and I will do whatever I can to prevent it.

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:56 PM

      You wear garters? TMI, Seisenta…T…M…I…

      • cur68 - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:30 PM

        And stars. Lots of stars. They stick on.

  4. ditto65 - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Did Utley get a pass for his calculated use of the terribly dangerous “F” word?

    • D.J. Short - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Countless examples in sports. The attention is magnified in this case because it’s Nyjer Morgan doing it. Some people care about it, but it doesn’t elicit more than a shrug from me.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        There’s also the fact that Utley said it at the parade and on a more localized broadcast…not right after the game in a postgame interview on national TV.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

        Oh…and Nyjer was also saying it in prime time, not at a time when most kids—right, truancy officers?—were heading home from school and/or busy getting into their costumes to mooch candy from the neighbors.

      • ditto65 - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        So you ARE giving Utley a pass for using the same word. You don’t think there were children at the parade? You think it stayed local? I wasn’t at the parade, but I heard it.

        To clarify, I don’t really care. I have sufficient influence on my daughter to use events such as this as examples of how NOT to act.

        Nyger Morgan was being Nyger Morgan – not an excuse, just an observation.
        I am not sure who Chase Utley was being when he pulled his “F” Bomb shenanigans.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        When did it become acceptable to scream obscenities in public? I am not holy, but this bothers me. The fact that it was on television deafens my outrage, but there are few things that bother me more than doing or discussing adult things in front of children. I was a drunk, but my children have never seen me drunk, and never will. I curse, but my children will never hear an F bomb out of me. I like metal, but I turn it off when the kids get in the car. I do not allow drunks to scream obscenities at the ball park. I will have the usher throw them out long before I let my kids sit through a baseball game hearing F this and F that, and who F’d which slut last week.

        What happened last night angered me. I hate that this language has become acceptable, even in prime time. There are TV shows on NBC entitled “@#$# My Dad Says”. I can’t turn on Fox without seeing a commercial of Gordon Ramsay getting every other word bleeped out. I am angry that this has become acceptable, and I feel as though I am in the minority of people who don’t watch the 700 Club, but still find this infuriating.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        Hitt…so what you are saying is that your kids have absolutely no idea who you are. Leading and educating by example really are the best methods…kids may be naive, but most are not so stupid….if you are hiding things from them, they know about it…and it will make them all the more curious.

      • chadh88 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        I didn’t know about the parade, but I remember Utley audibly saying “boo..f*ck you” when he got booed when announced at the All Star game a couple years ago. Still, it’s Nyjer….he’s known for being classless.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        I also have sex with my wife. Should I invite them in to expose them to something daddy does that they don’t know about? I saw mutilated bodies overseas. Should I have taken pictures and shared them with my kids to let them know what happens if you worship the wrong god?

        I curse on the job, and was a drunk til they were born. They will not be exposed to any of it. If that makes me a hypocrite, fine, but I am the best father I can be, and expose my children to as few things that I consider wrong as possible. They don’t watch R movies, and put sunscreen on when they go outside, even if I don’t.

      • dprat - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:11 PM

        For many, many generations of human history, until relatively recently in fact, children and parents shared a single bed, and witnessed all the intimacies that implies. Somehow, they survived.

        I find myself wondering how language (except perhaps hate speech) and consensual sexuality somehow became equated with gratuitous violence in the discussion of child-rearing.

  5. hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    I was pissed when they put him on air. I had my children in the room watching with me. I’m no prude, but I do not expose them to that language, and I do not want TBS exposing them to that language. .

    Nyjer Morgan is an idiot. He should learn to control himself. Screaming at the top of your lungs obscenities to the fans is unacceptable, and he should be fined for that. However, the reason my childrenin their PJs sitting in their living room heard it is squarely on the shoulders of an idiot “sideline reporter”. If a man is screaming “F### Yeah” over and over, use some common sense and don’t stick a microphone in front of him!!!!! Holy cow TBS producers, tell her “Okay, Nyjer is being an idiot, don’t get anywhere near him”. Bammmm, problem averted!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Oct 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      In her/their defense, he was the one who knocked in the winning run.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        It is not a defense, it is an excuse for a terribly unbright reporter shoving a mic in front of a man who screaming “F#$@” over and over. If a man streaks at a sporting event, don’t zoom in and slow mode his bouncing genitals. If a man is screaming “F!@#” at the top of his lungs, don’t give him a podium to speak at. Pretty simple stuff. Unepected things cannot be predicted, but this was predictable. Ask for an interview, and if he continues to curse, TBS can wash their hands of the guilt. They didn’t ask for and interview, but rather knowingly broadcasted what he had been constantly yelling for minutes.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        You know what is a defense? That it was broadcast because the reported decided to insert herself in his celebration….just like going into the locker room…if you don’t like anything you see/hear from a locker room, it is the fault of those that decided to show it to you.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:23 PM

        I disagree. The players need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. That language should only be used around those you feel comfortable hearing it. Ever dropped an F bomb around your mother paperlions? Me neither. Controlling your language is sometimes difficult. Things slip out. Chanting Fuck over and over was no accident. He decided to scream fuck for a few minutes in a row, aware of both the fans and cameras within earshot. The difference between acceptable cursing and unacceptable cursing is both the setting and audience. The setting was fine. The audience wasn’t.

  6. richeich - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    The BIGMOUTH Is at it AGAIN. He is a very bad example of a Brewer team that refuses to do anything to stop him. He should be SUSPENDED, and THE BREWERS fined!

    • jhorton83 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Suspended for swearing? Really? Do you have any idea how stupid that is? How many baseball players would be suspended with that kind of “reasoning”?

  7. mississippiguy - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    That wasn’t Nyjer Morgan; it was his thug alter-ego, T-Plush. How can he be expected to control two people at once?

  8. xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    I don’t care about what he said on camera. I agree that the reporter or producer needs to understand who they are interviewing and the associated risks. That’s on them. As far as Nyjer Morgan in general, I can’t stand him. He’s a childish loudmouth. The constant fake drama with this guy is nauseating. I’d like to root for the Brewers as they are in the NL and have never won anything but he just makes it hard to do. The constant fake tough guy routine is just too much to go along with the stupid alter ego nonsense. Then you have the jumping around like a circus animal after every hit. The sad part is that this guy is actually in his 30’s, not his 20’s. At what age does the fake thug, arms spread like your trying to start a fight routine end? Guys like him should not be rewarded.

  9. ddjesus - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    sounds like a bunch of whiny cardinals fans in here… get off your high horse and realize that the guy was mic’d up immediately after his team won the NLDS, and he is responsible for that. yeah, he’s gonna be a bit emotional, a bit raw and uncensored. blame tbs for not running a 5 second delay, and not nyjer for being excited.

  10. Ben - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    The moralistic tone of this thread is totally bizarre. He’s a grown man in an emotional moment, swearing. Somebody call the wahmbulance! Seriously, who cares?

    The ever-so-slightly racist undertone of all of this is disturbing too. Thugs, circus animal, etc. You wouldn’t hear a white ballplayer who swore on TV being called an animal, a thug. Period.

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

      Ben, if it makes you feel any better, I feel that all the Brewers players that jump around and wave their arms like fools every time they get a single are acting like CIRCUS ANIMALS. The article was specifically about Nyjer Morgan so that’s why I brought up the point specifically about him. It is more offensive when he does it as opposed to Prince Fielder or the white Ryan Braun because Nyjer has a very checkered past with his nonsense. Is that incorrect? Did you think he was a swell guy when he was acting like a fool in Washington last year? No. You thought he was a jackass like everyone else did. But now he’s playing well for your team so all is well. I get that. But for the rest of the country he’s still a jackass.

      • xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:51 PM

        Ohh, and if you can name the white player, or any other black player for that matter who act’s like a childish thug like he does, please name him. You can’t. There aren’t any. It’s just him. That’s why he a grade A jackass.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:50 PM

        Niger Morgan acts in a way that I can’t identify with and that makes me uncomfortable….so I am going to call him names and belittle him.

        If you really think Morgan acts like a thug….you probably need to go out and find some thugs so that you can see the differences….which are all kinds of huge.

      • Matt - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        FYI, might want to be careful with the misspellings of Nyjer’s name, you might inadvertently feel a lot like Stan’s Dad on Wheel of Fortune…

    • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

      Ben. You are an idiot. There is nothing racial about this. You pick and choose words to claim racism. You see things that don’t exist, and are disingenuis at best, and possibly a racist liar. Saying someone is acting like a circus animal is not racist, but you claiming racism is. Saying some is a thug is not racist, but you claiming racism is. You need to google the term “metaphor”, and put the race card back in your wallet.

      I earlier claimed there were few things that angered me more than people cursing in public in front of children. Congratulations, because you found one of the few things. Claiming I’m a racist? You can go Tony Plush yourself Ben!!!

      • Ben - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        Hey now, I didn’t call you a racist. I said the terms of the discussion are racist. That’s an important distinction to me, not simply trying to parse non-existent differences. I don’t know you. I don’t know if you’re racist or not. But the terms of the discussion struck me as racist. That’s what matters–there’s a reason why I didn’t say x poster or y poster is racist, because we’ll never get anywhere in discussing race in America if we’re constantly calling each other bigots. If instead we see the quieter, subtler ways in which racism (which doesn’t necessarily make a person racist) manifests itself, then maybe we can get somewhere. I do apologize if you thought I was calling you a racist–I wasn’t.

      • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        You assuming all thugs are black sounds pretty racist to me. I called Shane Victorino a thug when he charged the mound. Is he black? A circus animal is a contolled wild animal. The wild animal came out in Nyjer Morgan. Nothing racist about either term. Injecting race into a conversation that has nothing to do with race is foolish and tiresome. Take the Al Sharpton fake outrage elsewhere.

  11. Old Gator - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    To the important question, “Can a complete asshole be a hero for a moment,” the answer is a resounding fuck yeah!

    • cur68 - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:51 PM

      *golf clap*

  12. scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    TBS got a little carried away trying to get postgame interviews.

  13. duanemccoy - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    They aren’t jumping around like thugs looking for a fight, they are actually mimicking the monsters in the kids movie “Monsters Inc” and it started with one of Princes kids.
    As for Nyjer I can see how he might bother some people, but I’ve been a fan of him for years and love that he is helping the brewers win. He was excited and didn’t want to be interviewed at the time anyway, he walked away screaming while the lady chased him with a mic.

    • hittfamily - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      He is an entertainer and needs to be respectful to the people that make it possible to make a career out of a game. He isn’t paid boatloads of money because he is good at baseball. None of them are. He is paid boatloads because people are entertained by watching him play, and TBS paid good money to broadcast the games and get exclusive interviews. Him not wanting to be interviewed is not an excuse to act like a Frat kid Thug, but it is another reason for people to not like this guy.

      • scatterbrian - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

        I’m not sure the deal with TBS means they get to grab players away from celebrating with their team on the field. Morgan came up to the camera yelled–nothing offensive–and walked off. Some TV guy tried to grab him and guide him back for an interview, and Morgan jerked his arm away from TV guy, a clear indication he didn’t want to continue on camera or to be interviewed. The camera guy followed him anyway, and as he’s walking away, Sam Ryan just stuck the mic in his face. All you see is her outstretched arm holding the mic. I’m not excusing what Morgan said after that, but the people with the mic and the camera need to exercise some restraint as well.

      • paperlions - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        Actually, he is a baseball player and an athlete, which is quit different from an entertainer.

      • atvrdr450 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        compared to other MLB players nyjer morgan is one of the lowest played players in the league, he makes $450,000 and the league average is just over 3mil. so he does not make “boatloads” i think the fact that a player can have that much fun without being paid millions is a breath of fresh air in professional sports when most athletes only care about money. stuff happens in the heat of the moment its done and nothing is gunna fix it, just move on. athletes are gunna enjoy winning big games and im pretty sure their not gunna keep kids in mind when they do it all the time, its nice to see passion in players

  14. duanemccoy - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    No Matt I can’t name anyone else who has as much fun playing baseball, or as you see it, act like a thug. Lighten up

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Duane. I don’t need to lighten up. The guy I was responding to claimed my post had subtle racism in it. I think being called racist allows me to defend my point. I also wasn’t calling the rest of the Brewers, white or black, thugs. I was specifically referring to Nyjer Morgan. as I mentioned in my original post, I will likely be rooting for the Brewers since my team is not in the race, but I also believe Nyjer Morgan is way over the top with his antics, both last year and this year. Remember last year when he ran by home plate and took that elbow shot at the catcher? How about the gum throwing incident with Chris Carpenter a few weeks back? If the word “thug” is so wrong in describing that stuff than I don’t know what to tell you. The guy said if it was a white player that the words circus animal or thug wouldn’t be used. I simply asked him to name another white or black player who acts like Nyjer Morgan. I’d be glad to rip them too.

      • Matt - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

        AJ Pierzynski.

  15. duanemccoy - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    But he didnt act like a frat kid thug, he acted like a lot of people would have acted after knocking in the winning run in a series winning game.

    • xmatt0926x - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      See my point above. I’m talking about specific incidents, not his celebration at all.

  16. Walk - Oct 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Do as i say not as i do. As far as wanting him fined for being excited about getting a game winner, well what is next suspensions for over the counter supplements? (if your sarcasm meter has not been tuned lately please borrow one) In all honestly though he was excited, i can forgive him for that, but he is still a douche nozzle.

  17. raysfan1 - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    I agree with hitt’s general point, that I prefer not to expose my kids to ugly labguage unnecessarily. I have a lot more problem with the idiots on the golf course behind my house (actually <1% of the golfers) using that language. What really surprised me, though, was I thought those interviews were on a couple second delay to prevent that very sort of thing.

  18. nomoreseasontix - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    The guy is a proven idiot.

  19. citifieldurinal - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Don’t stick a microphone in his face so soon after the game-winning hit. Also, microphones pick up tons of swear words in the four major sports, it is just the nature of the game. People want more on-field access to the game but most cannot handle the rawness that usually goes down on it. Players curse. They curse a lot, so if people cannot handle it, don’t put microphones on the field where they are most inclined to curse.

    Ever watch old NFL Films tape? This is not a new phenomenon.

  20. motherscratcher23 - Oct 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    My young son was in the room during that moment.

    Like any reasonable and caring parent who wants to make sure he is raising his family right, I immediately rushed him to the hospital to be checked out. They could find nothing wrong. (truthfully, the doctor seemed a bit baffled about what I was doing there, but I think he was just a resident and probably lacked experience with these kind of traumatic things) and he was discharged to my care in good condition, if a bit tired.

    Long story short, I got him home and he seemed to do well over night. I took the day off of work in order to keep a close eye on him. He seems to be OK, but you can never be too careful.

    Just thought it was relevant and everyone should know.

    These are not the kind of things to trifle with.

  21. 2roycliffcole - Oct 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    who says Nyjer Morgan isn’t on steroids, it doesn’t seem like he has any control over himself, it wouldn’t surprise me!

  22. foreverchipper10 - Oct 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Sometimes, while watching a live game, you can hear players, managers or even fans yelling this and other curse words. If you don’t want to hear it don’t watch live TV.

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