In Sports Reporting, Sometimes 'Groin Injury' Isn't Quite Right In two recent NBA games, a player has hurt another below the belt. FiveThirtyEight's Kyle Wagner analyzed the words the media uses to describe that part of a man's body — without being obscene.

In Sports Reporting, Sometimes 'Groin Injury' Isn't Quite Right

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A sensitive subject - or maybe we should say area - came into question last night during the NBA finals game between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State's Andre Iguodala was running down the court when Matthew Dellavedova of the Cavs reached around him to hit the ball away. But he hit something else.


UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Iguodala took exception to something right away.

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #2: Well, he tells his team right away he was hit below the belt.

MCEVERS: A similar thing happened during a game last month, and Kyle Wagner of FiveThirtyEight analyzed the media's description of this part of a man's body. Groin was used the most, but that's not actually accurate.

KYLE WAGNER: Because in sports, you can, like, tear or pull your groin muscle, which is, you know, a muscle in your leg.

MCEVERS: Some news outlets were more precise.

WAGNER: There was nut shots, jewels, rocks, cherry picking. And Ray Ratto at CSN called it, I think, the heritage factory, which was pretty good.

MCEVERS: Let's leave it right there. Kyle Wagner's full analysis is at


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