ESPN Shows Naked Player On Live TV

( — ESPN accidentally broadcast images of a naked player in the locker room after an XFL game between the St. Louis BattleHawks and Arlington Renegades. Following the game, cameras inside the St. Louis BattleHawks locker room focused on quarterback A.J. McCarron, who was congratulating his teammates, but in the background was the naked behind of one of his colleagues. Not all networks show inside locker rooms, quite possibly to avoid such faux pas.

Accidental exposure of the private parts of celebrities’ is not uncommon on live TV and some have hit national headlines. One example is the notorious halftime incident during Super Bowl XXXVIII took place in February 2004. This involved singers Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson dancing together to Timberlake’s hit Rock Your Body. At the close of the song, Timberlake grabbed Jackson’s costume and accidentally revealed one of her breasts. A spokesperson for Jackson, who immediately left the venue, said there had been a malfunction and added, “it was not intentional. Timberlake was supposed to pull away the bustier and leave the red-lace bra.”

The incident created a major controversy that reverberated around the world. More than half a million people registered complaints with the Federal Communications Commission. NFL executive president at the time, Joe Browne, said he was extremely disappointed that the Super Bowl had become overshadowed and appeared to lay the blame on MTV, which had produced the half-time segment. The episode became the butt of jokes for entertainers for months afterward, but it is suggested by some that it even led to the creation of YouTube. A young software programmer named Jawed Karim was reportedly frustrated that he was not able to find footage of the wardrobe malfunction so, together with some friends, created a site where users could upload videos for others to watch. They officially registered their new creation in February 2005. By May of that year, it was attracting around 30,000 visitors per day. In 2006, Google purchased the increasingly popular platform for $1.65 billion.

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