After causing a firestorm of controversy with its “Welcome to Cleveland” image during Monday night’s postgame show, TBS has issued an apology to WKYC Channel 3.
In an email to WKYC’s Chris Tye, Turner Sports PR said, “Cleveland is a great city, and we regret the use of the image. We look forward to putting the focus back on an exciting ALCS.”
The image appeared during the network’s broadcast of the Indians sweeping the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
While the Cuyahoga River infamously went up in flames in 1969, the photo used by TBS shows an inferno from a Moscow pipeline that happened in 2015.
As you can imagine, Twitter was ignited with gobs of Clevelanders demanding TBS apologize for the photo.