Reporter Roger Millions has been taken off the air for a few days after Rogers Sportsnet unintentionally aired an embarrassing outtake, according to network sources.
The Calgary-based correspondent was taping a pregame report prior to the NHL playoff series opener between the Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks last Thursday, when he uttered an obscenity after he messed up his presentation.
Somehow the outtake was not only filed back to network headquarters in Toronto, but was shown on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at approximately 6:20 p.m. EDT. The faux pas sent shock waves through the all-sports network yesterday, prompting an internal memo from executive producer Mike English.
English’s message was that Millions was being humiliated worldwide on YouTube.com and other Internet sites because shortcuts were taken by others to get his report on the air…
Millions, 49, covered the practices of both the Flames and ‘Hawks at the United Center yesterday, but didn’t appear on-air. While visibly distraught at what happened, the long-time broadcaster politely declined to discuss what had transpired the night before.
Some of the Flames players joked with him about the incident, but they also demonstrated support for him.
œHey, you’re human, said Calgary forward Todd Bertuzzi, who has endured his share of controversy throughout his NHL career.