Grace unlikely to be punished for 'technical difficulty'

Updated: August 11, 2005, 6:48 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace used multiple expletives during a broadcast of Arizona's game against the Florida Marlins.

Team president Rich Dozer said the Tuesday gaffe was regrettable and blamed an apparent faulty "talk-back" button connecting the visiting TV booth to the television truck at Dolphins Stadium.

"Through a technical difficulty, I may have offended some people," said Grace, who apologized during a postgame interview and promised not to curse again during a broadcast. "If that's the case, I apologize and I will face any consequences."

Dozer told The Arizona Republic there was "no excuse" for the cursing during the Fox Sports Net Arizona telecast.

The team president said the Diamondbacks weren't planning disciplinary action against Grace, who spent his final three years as a player with Arizona after 13 seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

"We feel terrible about it, and I know Mark is mortified about it, but it's a tough lesson for us all," Dozer said. "Our mission is to provide a quality, family atmosphere, and it's unfortunate something like this happened."

Grace's broadcast partner, Thom Brennaman, offered an on-air apology shortly after the crew became aware of the cursing.

Diamondbacks spokeswoman Susan Webner told The Associated Press that the team wasn't releasing a statement about Grace's gaffe.


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