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NFL Network apologizes for on-air expletive

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NFL Network apologized Wednesday morning for an expletive heard on the air during Tuesday night's free-agency coverage.

Host Chris Rose read a statement during Wednesday morning's Free Agency Frenzy news show to address the fallout from the "f-word" being used in connection with a mention of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during a live segment.

"Before we give you the news of the day, we want to offer an apology," Rose said. "Last night, during some live programming, we accidentally aired an expletive. It will not happen again, so our sincerest apology to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, the Patriots family, Robert Kraft and his entire family, a classy organization out there. Once again, it's not who we are, it's not what we do, and it will not happen again."

Network analyst and Hall of Fame inductee Warren Sapp made a derogatory comment off camera when Scott Pioli, a newcomer to NFL Network and a former Kansas City Chiefs and New England front-office executive, was speaking about stockpiling draft picks through trades.

"It's the same (expletive] spew we had (former NFL analyst) Mike Lombardi doing: The [expletive] Bill Belichick [expletive] angle," Sapp said.

The network didn't announce whether any of its employees were discliplined as a result of the incident.
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