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Fox Sports broadcast of US Open inadvertently picks up sex talk

Fox Sports broadcast of US Open inadvertently picks up sex talk
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When Fox Sports’ audio cut out briefly during coverage of Friday’s second round of the U.S. Open, that was the least of the network’s worries. 

During the broadcast on FS1 on Friday afternoon, microphones inadvertently picked up two fans talking about sex in explicit and offensive terms.

According to Awful Announcing, Fox announcer Joe Buck was commenting on a shot by Patrick Reed when the audio picked up two male fans talking about sex. After their voices cut out, Buck picks up with his golf commentary without missing a beat. 

As expected with thousands on hand at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, yells from the crowd were pretty raucous during the action this week.

On Friday afternoon, a man impersonating Donald Trump was thrown out of a hospitality tent after yelling greetings at golfers.

Fox has microphones positioned throughout the course and will provide 45 hours of tournament coverage. 

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The United States Golf Association released a statement Friday night apologizing for the flap. 

“We deeply regret the inappropriate language and sentiment expressed by a few fans that was unfortunately picked up by a microphone on the course during today’s broadcast.  We are working closely with our partners at Fox Sports to address this issue,” the USGA said. 

Later Friday, Fox Sports spokesperson Anne Pennington issued the following statement to the Sporting News: “Today, during the live FS1 broadcast of the 2018 U.S. Open, one of the many microphones on the course inadvertently picked up some offensive crowd chatter. We sincerely apologize.”

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