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Tony Armstrong: ABC sports presenter red-faced after hilarious bulging disc slip about Tim Paine

ABC sports presenter is left red-faced after a hilarious slip of the tongue about Australian cricket captain Tim Paine’s injury

  • ABC presenter Tony Armstrong was detailing Paine’s neck surgery live on air
  • He accidentally said ‘bulging d**k’ when referring to Paine’s ‘bulging disc’
  • Armstrong and his co-hosts burst into laughter at the gaffe which is now viral 










An ABC News Breakfast sports presenter left his co-hosts in stitches when he made a hilarious slip of the tongue while discussing cricketer Tim Paine’s neck surgery.

Tony Armstrong was detailing Paine’s bulging disc injury to his fellow panellists on Tuesday morning when he stumbled on the word ‘disc’.

‘Paine has a bulging d**k that has been … disc that has been – that’s a funny one – that has been causing him pain,’ he said as he tried to correct himself.

When handing over the report to his co-hosts they immediately erupted into laughter and questioned which part of the cricketer was bulging.

ABC sports presenter Tony Armstrong had a hilarious slip of the tongue on Tuesday morning when discussing Tim Paine's bulging disc injury

ABC sports presenter Tony Armstrong had a hilarious slip of the tongue on Tuesday morning when discussing Tim Paine’s bulging disc injury

‘Disc … I said disc,’ Armstrong responded before bursting into laughter himself. 

The team then handed over to weather reporter Nate Byrne who struggled to keep it together.

‘Why me? Don’t bring me into this. Is it my mic working? I hope not,’ Byrne said while trying to keep a straight face.

The gaffe quickly did the rounds on social media with Armstrong going viral in a matter of minutes.

‘Pray for Tim Paine. Hopefully he pulls through,’ one tweeted.

‘Tim Paine might need to get some bigger pants?’ joked another.

When handing over the report to his co-hosts they immediately erupted into laughter and questioned which part of the cricketer was bulging

When handing over the report to his co-hosts they immediately erupted into laughter and questioned which part of the cricketer was bulging

Armstrong retweeted one replay of the blunder with the caption ‘Lol’.

‘A proper laugh made for a great start to the day. Awesome work, Mr. Armstrong and Team,’ one commented.

‘The acknowledgement once you said it was priceless brother,’ said another.

Paine is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday from the disc that has left him with pain in his neck and left arm.

The wicketkeeper was slated to start his Sheffield Shield campaign on September 28, when Tasmania face Queensland in Brisbane but will now be sidelined for the early stages of the domestic season. 

Australia are upbeat Paine will resume light training by the end of this month.

The veteran is set to be cleared to play in eight to 10 weeks, meaning he may be able to squeeze in at least one Shield game before linking up with the Test squad.

‘I will be ready to go by the first Test and am very much looking forward to what will be a huge summer,’ the Australian Test captain said in a statement.

The Ashes are slated to start on December 8, giving the 36-year-old plenty of time to prove his fitness for the Gabba series opener.

However, any form of setback could cast doubt on Paine’s prospects of facing England.

Paine, who required seven rounds of surgery to repair a recurring finger injury that started in 2010 and threatened to end his career, has demonstrated plenty of stoicism in recent years. 

The Australian Test captain is expected to be cleared to train again by the end of this month after undergoing surgery on his neck

The Australian Test captain is expected to be cleared to train again by the end of this month after undergoing surgery on his neck

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