NBC Sports immediately became under fire shortly after the network trimmed two references of the Pledge of Allegiance during an opening piece of the major golf tournament, U.S. Open Championship, that aired Sunday.
The references: under God
Shortly after the pieced aired social media began slamming the NBC network.
NBC Sports host Dan Hicks apologized for the cut.
“We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open Championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time,” Hicks said. “Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”