It took just a matter of minutes for the CBS broadcast of the Georgia-Texas A&M matchup to provide an update for injured UGA Sports Communications photography intern Chamberlain Smith. Late in the second half of Georgia’s game against Auburn last Saturday, Bulldogs running back Brian Herrien collided with Smith along the sideline, giving Smith a concussion.
Smith is out of the hospital and doing well. She tweeted a picture of herself watching the Bulldogs play the Aggies on television at home Saturday.
Following that update from CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl, CBS analyst Gary Danielson issued an apology to Smith and the CBS viewers for his commentary during the period of time when the intern was laid out unconscious on the sidelines last Saturday.
“Last week in real time, I just didn’t see what happened. In fact, I might have been the last person to see what happened,” Danielson said during the broadcast. “That confusion, and my commentary to follow led some to conclude that I was kind of being insensitive to Chamberlain’s serious situation. That certainly wasn’t my intent. But I did let it happen, and our viewers saw it, and simply put, I should have been better.
“I want to apologize to Chamberlain and our CBS viewers for that. I’m also thrilled to see she’s going to be back soon and doing well.”
Georgia and SEC fans alike heavily criticized Danielson on social media for his commentary immediately after Smith suffered her concussion. Danielson appeared to laugh and make light of the fact all the players were fine after the collision even though Smith wasn’t moving along the sidelines.
Check out Smith’s tweet below:
Me & my black eye will be cheering on the dawgs from the safety of my living room today!! See y’all on the sidelines again soon ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PwPoJC29JN
— Chamberlain Smith (@ChamberlainSmit) November 23, 2019