Adrian Wojnarowski is just a few days into his time at ESPN, and that means there will be some awkwardness as he gets used to the job. Where are the bathrooms? What’s the 401(k) policy like? Are there snacks in the break room?
Camera work takes time, too. It’s been obvious that he’s still a bit green on camera, and it’s not an easy adjustment. What you need it time, and to know where the cameras are. But that’s something that got him in trouble on Tuesday when Wojnarowski accidentally walked right onto your television screen.
ESPN anchor Cary Chow was live on air when a shadow grew behind him on the glass set. As Chow set up a segment that included a phone interview with Chris Forsburg that shadow grew closer. Then all at once, Woj came into view and he immediately realized he was on camera.
It was a very different kind of Woj Bomb, and one he quickly regretted. But ESPN reporter Adam Schefter noticed the goof and tweeted about it on Tuesday, too.
It was an interesting day for Wojnarowski in the first place. He wasn’t the first to break the Hayward decision, as ESPN’s Chris Haynes got to the story first. He was, however, one of the first reporters to say not so fast on the decision, which took a few more hours to become final. Haynes was allowed to celebrate later when his initial report became true, and Woj wasn’t on air speaking about the report when he stumbled into the shot.
Others noticed that Shams Charania—a reporter at his former website Yahoo’s The Vertical—got a number of scoops on July 4. This might set up Shams/Woj scoop battle in this Woj at ESPN era, which was cause for photoshop for some.
Wojnarowski will undoubtedly ease into his role at ESPN as time goes on, but it was a funny moment for a reporter many often see as so in control at this time of year.