ESPN reporter Sergio Dipp had a rough debut on Monday Night Football.
While covering the second game of Monday Night Football’s double-header between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos, Dipp gave a segment from the sideline that went terribly wrong.
Dipp appeared to let nerves get the most of him as he fumbled through his talking points, which were meant to show respect to the first meeting in NFL history between two debuting African-American coaches.
Here’s a look at how it all went terribly wrong:
Sergio Dipp for every game pic.twitter.com/ZhRJppvEAU
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 12, 2017
Dipp, who was born in Mexico and is a Spanish speaker, simply got nervous. It happens to the best of us, especially when we first step onto the biggest stage in our lives so let’s give the man a break.
On Tuesday morning, Dipp responded to the criticism with a heartfelt and emotional statement regarding the sideline flub.
And God bless America.🇺🇸✔️ pic.twitter.com/mYXwBNFB6g
— Sergio Dipp (@SergioADippW) September 12, 2017
“Growing up in the American environment as a minority, a minority like head coaches Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn. So what I wanted to do was show some respect, making my debut as a minority on American national TV, the biggest show out there, on the most heartfelt day in this great country made up by immigrants and [from] some people’s perspective, it all went wrong,” Dipp said.
“But I truly meant no disrespect. Because all I wanted to do was to show some love to these two historical head coaches. Hopefully I’ll have another chance and be sure I make the most out of it.”
Let’s hope Sergio Dipp gets another shot on air.
For those wondering about the result of the game, the Broncos held on to defeat Los Angeles, 24-21.