Greg Olsen not a fan of the eggplant emoji on screen.
The NFL analyst who has gained popularity in the field, understands the importance of maintaining a good image and avoiding mistakes that could harm his reputation.
While discussing his broadcasting career on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take, Olsen acknowledged that he has made errors but not all of them have received widespread attention on social media.
He recalled an incident where a colleague, Karl Ravech, made a wrong call during the College World Series, mistaking a home run for a walk-off shot and then incorrectly correcting it.
Olsen empathized with Ravech and admitted that anyone can make mistakes.
He decided not to share the viral clip of Ravech’s error out of concern for karma.
“I’ve messed up a million things, drawing the wrong thing,” Olsen said on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast.
Co-host PFT Commenter chimed in, asking, “The telestrator dong?”
“There’s so many things in NFL football that look like penises,” he said, noting that he also seeks to avoid double entendres that could be construed as sexual innuendo.
“And there’s a lot of like very questionable verbiage that you use.”
Olsen explained that it’s not only saying the wrong thing that worries him but also accidentally drawing inappropriate images, such as ones resembling genitalia.
“You’ve got to be careful,” Olsen continued. “And I’m not going to lie, there’s times where I’m like here’s a safety, here’s a safety, and you want to show that third little zone, and I’m like, ‘Nope, delete.”
He shared the challenge of trying to highlight certain aspects of NFL games without inadvertently drawing anything questionable.
Olsen mentioned that other analysts, like Ronde Barber, Steve Kornacki, and Booger McFarland, have also made similar telestrator mistakes in the past.
Ultimately, the fear of making these errors could be alleviated if society were more accepting of and normalizing discussions about genitals, as suggested by Dan Le Batard.