Cronin has appeared on ESPN since 2017 and recently guested on First Take

COURTNEY Cronin has blamed sleep deprivation for her sweary on-air outburst on Friday.

The sportscaster turned the air blue during an appearance on ESPN 1000’s Kap & J.Hood Show.

Courtney Cronin dropped an accidental F-bomb during a live radio appearanceCredit: ESPN

The ESPN analyst was having technical issues on FridayCredit: ESPN

The ESPN host is a reporter for the Chicago BearsCredit: Instagram/@courtneyrcronin
Cronin called into the show remotely from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis but had numerous audio issues with her earpiece.

The 32-year-old, who covers the Chicago Bears and has guested on ESPN’s First Take, became visibly frustrated by the technical hitch.

“All right, f*** this,” she eventually snapped, ripping off her earphones in footage that went viral.

Jonathan Hood and co-host David Kaplan looked stunned, quickly moving on and saying they would put Cronin on hold.

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The analyst sorted the audio issues and returned to complete the interview minutes later.

“I had a moment of frustration with the audio issue we were having,” Cronin explained to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I said something I shouldn’t have said, not realizing I had a live mic.

“We fixed it quickly, and the interview continued.

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“Clearly five long days at the combine caught up with me and were the catalyst behind my sleep-deprived on-air flub.”

Cronin has called ESPN home since 2017, working as a host and reporter.

She covered the Minnesota Vikings before assuming the Bears NFL Nation reporter role in 2022.
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Cronin’s rise has continued ever since, anchoring SportsCenter and hosting/reporting ESPN Radio, First Take, and Around the Horn.

She grew up in Glenview, Illinois, and graduated with degrees in journalism and Spanish from Indiana University.

Cronin’s battles with technology felt a familiar subject for plenty of ESPN viewers, who voiced their sympathy online.

“Anyone who has had to deal with that kind of echo on a broadcast knows it can REALLY mess you up. We’ve all thought it, she just said it. Probably not the best choice,” wrote one on X.

“I am a bigger Courtney Cronin fan than I was a minute ago,” said a second.

“My new favorite reporter,” laughed a third.