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ESPN apologized to Washington over cupcake stunt during broadcast

ESPN has apparently been dancing a fine line lately. The Washington Huskies, on the other hand, have not been too pleased with how late games have been kicking when the program has played.

In reaction to comments by Washington coach Chris Petersen, ESPN took a not so subtle shot at the program during one of its broadcasts. Now, the worldwide leader in sports is apologizing for its actions.

What had happened was: To illustrate Washington’s schedule, ESPN used literal cupcakes to help highlight how easy the Huskies’ journey had been to that point.

“I felt more like that was such a disrespectful move for the people we play,” athletic director Jen Cohen told the Seattle Times. “For those that do this, we do this because we love the kids. These are somebody’s sons, somebody’s brothers. They’re 18- to 22-year-old kids, and so I was more offended, not for us, as I was for our opponents.

“It was a class act (to apologize), and he made the right call.”

This is what Petersen previously had to say about start times:

“I just want to say something to our fans: We apologize for these late games. And I’d also like to reiterate it has nothing to do with us or the administration,” Petersen said, as transcribed by ESPN. “We want to play at 1 p.m. It hurts us tremendously in terms of national exposure. No one wants to watch our game on the East Coast that late, and we all know it. We haven’t had a kickoff before 5 p.m. this season.”

“And so it’s painful for our team, it’s painful for our administration, and we know certainly the most important part is for our fans.”

The Huskies kick at 12:30 Eastern this weekend. So, uh, now maybe everyone is happy?

Either way, I am in the mood for a cupcake.