Bucs Reporter Responds to Backlash From Giovani Bernard Incident

Tyler Maher
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter has responded to backlash over an incident with running back Giovani Bernard.
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter has responded to backlash over an incident with running back Giovani Bernard. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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One of the reporters involved in an awkward confrontation with Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard after Sunday's game has apologized.

ESPN's Jenna Laine posted an apology on Twitter late Wednesday night after being caught on camera having a heated exchange with Bernard after Tampa Bay's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15.

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Laine apologized for verbally attacking Bernard after Sunday's game when he clearly did not want to talk to reporters. She audibly criticized him for being injured and not performing well this year, an exchange that was caught on camera.

Both sides were visibly frustrated after the Buccaneers' latest loss in what has been a disappointing season. Bernard was in no mood to talk after botching a fake punt attempt on a critical play, and Laine was upset that Bernard wasn't helping her do her job.

While Laine's comments were uncalled for, at least she personally apologized Bernard before publicly owning up to her mistakes. The media often demands accountability from athletes, so it's only fair that they hold themselves to the same standard.

Hopefully this means that there's water under the bridge and Tampa Bay can go back to focusing on football. The Buccaneers still lead the NFC South by a game but have a crucial Sunday Night Football showdown coming up against the Arizona Cardinals. Tampa Bay is currently listed as a 7.5-point road favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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