Fox Sports apologized Sunday after the graphics department superimposed images of the Yankees and Red Sox logos over 9/11 memorial reflecting pools during Saturday’s “Baseball Night in America” telecast.
The footage was shown in an aerial shot of the former World Trade Center twin tower site as the broadcast went into a commercial break during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium.
“During last night’s broadcast, we used poor judgment in the use of a graphic,” a Fox Sports spokesperson said in a statement.
“We sincerely apologize and regret the decision.”
The names of the 2,753 victims of both deadly attacks on the World Trade Center are inscribed around the reflecting pools, which honor those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. pools are built in the footprint of the fallen North and South Towers.
The shame-worthy move was roundly criticized on social media.
“There are ideas that are just bad, ideas that are downright terrible, and then there’s what the graphics department at Fox Sports came up with for the Red Sox-Yankees, overlaying the team’s logos on the site of the old Twin Towers.” a Twitter user wrote.
“Can someone tell Fox Sports to never do this again? Beyond the offense another wrote.
The Yankees defeated their Boston rivals 14-1.