It was not a good look when NBC’s Peacock commentators continued their game analysis over a 9/11 tribute during the Notre Dame-Toledo game Saturday. The two announcers sat on the field for several minutes during a pre-game tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks and continued to discuss plays.
Fans of the game noticed also the faux pas immediately and took to Twitter to share their frustration.
“The most disrespectful thing I’ve seen in some time. Notre Dame Father paying tribute to those lost in 9/11 as NBC Peacock sports announcers talk right thru the tribute,” one user wrote.
Several people watching could see the ceremony going on in the background as the announcers were encouraged to continue talking.
Things only got more awkward as the ceremony extended and the chattering didn’t stop.
“#Peacock had Jac Collinsworth and his broadcast partner talking over the Notre Dame priest honoring the alumni that died on 9/11. Who made that call?” another viewer asked.
Although they were probably told to keep their banter going, the footage of the commentary is a bit cringeworthy as a solemn ceremony is clearly happening in the background.
Many celebrities and public officials honored the anniversary of the attacks that killed 3,000 Americans. Country music stars George Strait and Luke Bryan shared tributes via social media about the milestone anniversary.
Strait shared a performance of Alan Jackson’s emotional song “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” on his Twitter. The melodic song embodied the feelings every American shared that day.
“Did you stand there in shock
At the sight of that black smoke
Risin’ against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?” the lyrics say.
Furthermore, former living presidents addressed the nation both publicly and privately in ceremonies across the nation. Former President George W. Bush spoke at the memorial in Shanksville, PA honoring those that lost their lives to hijackers on United Flight 93.
Following the address in Shanksville, George W. Bush and Laura will host a screening of documentary “9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
Additionally, former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, paid tribute at Ground Zero in New York City.
The oldest former living President Jimmy Carter and his wife will also be observing the day privately.
“President and Mrs. (Rosalynn) Carter will be honoring the memory of the fallen on 9/11 with prayer and reflection privately at home in Plains,” spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in an email, according to USA Today.
Additionally, country stars across the nation shared special tributes, photos, songs and memories of where they were the day the world changed forever.
Many first responders’ families honored the fallen with stories of who the heroes were – firefighters, police officers, husbands, sisters – the nation is remembering them all.