FCC gives Boston baseball star pass for dropping F-bomb during ceremony

Jessica Janner

FCC gives Boston baseball star pass for dropping F-bomb during ceremony

CREATED Apr. 22, 2013

(KTNV) -- Bostonians are known for being passionate. And sometimes, when they are really worked up, their language can be a bit colorful.

Case in point: A guy named Big Papi.

His real name is David Ortiz and he is the biggest baseball star in Boston.

This weekend, during a ceremony at Fenway park before the first game since the Boston Marathon bombings, Big Papi now uttered what is being called "the expletive heard round the world."

It was a solemn ceremony. Victims and first responders were being honored.

And then Big Papi stepped up to the microphone to deliver an inspirational message.

And that is when we learned that Big Papi has a big potty mouth.

"This is our f**** city and nobody gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong. Thank you," said Papi.

The crowd of Bostonians cheered wildly.

Not everyone was pleased though. There were many children in the crowd and the ceremony was being broadcast live. And there are rules about what sort of language can be used on television.

The FCC has slapped big fines on networks in the past when other celebrities have used expletives during live broadcasts.

But not even an hour after Big Papi dropped the F-bomb, the chairman of the FCC tweeted: "David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today's Red Sox Game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston."

Whether or not this sets a precedent and opens the flood gates for on-air swearing is not clear.

Regardless, Big Papi's speech has become a rallying cry for the city of Boston.

T-shirts have already been printed and are being sold.

 

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