Williams' postgame remarks memorable
Feb 19, 2009
Give Roy Williams an "F" for his post-game press conference.
Williams, often known for joking around during interviews, let an expletive slip – the one commonly referred to as the “F” word -- during his remarks following Carolina’s 89-80 win over NC State.
When asked about his team’s poor play in full-court press defense, Williams said: “If I knew the answer to that, do you think we’d still be (expletive) stinking?”
Williams immediately acknowledged the mistake, and apologized for the remark.
“Strike that F-word,” Williams said. “I can’t believe I said that, I don’t even say that on the golf course,” he said as laughter filled the room.
WRAL chose to run an edited version of Williams’ comments in the 11pm sportscast, with the expletive removed.
From time to time, we’re faced with tough decisions. The consensus in our sports department Wednesday night was that Williams’ expletive was newsworthy, especially since it aired live on radio stations across the state.
That includes our sister station, WRAL-FM, the flagship station of the Wolfpack Radio Network.
Personally, I think Roy Williams was trying to make a joke and made a mistake instead. The trouble is, when the genie left the bottle it hit the airwaves. And when you’re the coach of one of the most high-profile sports teams in the country, a remark like that makes people take notice.
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RE: Williams' postgame remarks memorableIf we quit using "substitute" words, we couldn't say heck, or darn or shoot. However, they've been used as substitutes so long that they've lost their association with the origin cuss words. Of course, in the present culture, even the original cuss words are considered acceptable most of the time.
RE: Williams' postgame remarks memorableGive Coach Williams a break. With a follow up question like that I would have dropped the "F bomb" a few more times. Everyone keeps asking him "why don't you do this or that" and "have you thought about ths or that". The man coaches basketball at UNC for a living. Of course he has thought of it and there is probably a good reason why he is not doing something a "couch coach" came up with. Let the man do his job, his team is 25-2!! To quote Ole Roy, "Jimminy Christmas".
RE: Williams' postgame remarks memorableAll of Williams' words are given coverage. I can see why this one got extra coverage. I just don't think it was a big deal in the scheme of things.
RE: Williams' postgame remarks memorableHmmmm... a coach uttering a "profanity", not even a phrase but a "one-word profanity", and that is "NEWSWORTHY"??? Must be a VERY slow news day, no matter which coach uttered the word. However, now that we are on the topic... perhaps Roy should stop using "fricking" this and "fricking" that as often as he does. Virtually everyone knows he is using that as a "substitute word" for the one that slipped out last night. All in all, we pay way too much attention to what coaches and athletes say and do. This was NOT newsworthy!!!
RE: Williams' postgame remarks memorableLike your "take" Ken.
"GOOD NIGHT NOW!"