Fox is investigating who leaked a clip of NFL broadcasters Joe Buck and Troy Aikman talking about military flyovers before Sunday’s Packers-Buccaneers game — comments Buck says weren’t actually caught on hot mics and were taken out of context.
“This was before our rehearsal … it was clipped by someone along the chain…. They are narrowing down who clipped and sold it,” Buck said on his “Daddy Issues” podcast, telling cohost Oliver Hudson that the network is investigating the incident after the clip drew backlash from people who thought he and Aikman were mocking the military.
Fox Sports declined to comment on the matter.
“They will find out who it is because that specific shot of that flyover, which I personally thought was old and a tape … it was actually live but it was not a Fox shot. They know whose shot that was and it was well before the game.”
Buck explains that he and Aikman were reiterating comments made by people on their crew at a dinner the night before, clarifying that the two were mocking those two people and not the military.
“So I see this, and Troy in the microphone is repeating something that he heard the night before from an unnamed person on our crew,” he said. “This person happens to be very far left and said, ‘Well, under Biden-Harris, you know that’s not going to happen,’ and Troy was repeating that watching the flyover.
“So they clipped that as if he’s saying that and as if he’s a Harris-Biden fan. But he’s repeating something that somebody said the night before, which is unbelievable. If you know Troy at all, he was being 100-percent sarcastic. Repeating for the person in the truck to hear, like ‘Ha, ha, ha.’
“And then I go into a 1950s voice, like, ‘There’s your hard-earned tax dollars at work,’ or whatever…
Buck continued: “Then run a headline that Troy Aikman and Joe Buck bash flyovers, which it had nothing to do with any of that. It was a political conversation amongst our group that somebody clipped and sold for the exact reason that we’re doing this. And it stirs people up. And words get weaponized. And then people have to weigh in. ‘Oh, well, screw those guys. They don’t like the military.’ WHAT?!”
Aikman addressed the controversy on Twitter this week, saying while he thought it was “odd” seeing a flyover above a mostly empty stadium, he is “an unwavering patriot that loves this country, has always respected our flag, supported the men and women in the armed forces as well as those in uniform who serve & protect and for anyone to suggest otherwise doesn’t know me, my beliefs or what I have stood for my entire life.”
The 51-year-old Buck revealed some personal details about his connection with the military and why he took the backlash to heart.
“My dad earned a purple heart in World War II, was shot in Germany and was sitting in a hospital in Paris when WWII ended and saw Charles de Gaulle speak in Paris at the end of WWII,” he said. “My grandfather was on a battleship in the Pacific in WWII. That’s my mom’s dad. I come from all that. Right on the down the line, that’s where my sensibilities are.
“But the idea that this piece was clipped and was totally misrepresentative of how we feel, because I’ve always kept that stuff private, but it was a private conversation and having it with our group and then it gets sold as if those were our words, which is fine. It’s kind of dead and buried now, but that’s what happened.”
Buck added that the incident had left him “pissed off” until he gained perspective at the World Series watching first responders getting honored before Game 1.