LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – An Insight Bowl camera crash narrowly missed Martin McNutt Jr last night. The Insight Bowl camera fell from its perch as the ESPN’s skycam. After the camera landed, the cable almost got tangled in Insight Bowl players.
Already dubbed the “ESPN’s skycam attack of 2011″, the skycam fell narrowly close to Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt. The camera took a second bounce, bringing parts of the cable into other player’s heads.
McNutt tells news he wasn’t hurt. “First, I looked: ‘What is it that fell from the sky?’ ” He added “The next thing I know, the camera kind of scratched me a little bit. It was just pulling me and I knew I didn’t want to keep going with it.”
ESPN analysts gave their own bizarre play-by-play of the encounter. “And that is not a cheap piece of equipment. That is the first time I have ever seen this happened … it caught him on the bounce, come on, the wire got caught up. We can laugh about it now, but it has be to scary by now. ”
ESPN told viewers “Heck you look up, you might think it’s a Soviet satellite falling out of the sky or something.” They added “Kind of a pathetic end for that skycam, being dragged off the field. Maybe it will stop the clock.”
ESPN has since apologized. “We apologize for the accident,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a news statement today. “The independent company that operates SkyCam for us is in the midst of a thorough review to determine the cause of the problem. We will work with them and bowl officials to determine our future course of action. As always our primary concern will be the safety of fans and those on the field.”