ESPN broadcast of Timberwolves-Grizzlies marred by 'jackhammer' audio disruption

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In an NBA playoff matchup between Ja Morant and Anthony Edwards up top and Karl-Anthony Towns and Jaren Jackson Jr. down low, it was ESPN that brought the noise.

Way, way too much noise.

The first quarter of ESPN's broadcast of Game 1 between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies was marred by a loud and bizarre noise that can be best described as a cross between static and a jackhammer.

This was no momentary interruption either. The disturbance went on for several minutes, with ESPN attempting to test its audio on the air and resorting to having an announcer call the game remotely while trying to sort out what was going wrong.

The issue was eventually resolved, but not before scores of fans clowned them on Twitter for such a critical error.

Grizzlies and Timberwolves fans probably watched a good chunk of their first-round NBA playoff game on ESPN on mute. (Christine Tannous/USA TODAY Sports)
Grizzlies and Timberwolves fans probably watched a good chunk of their first-round NBA playoff game on ESPN on mute. (Christine Tannous/USA TODAY Sports)
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