Haskell denies he was drunk while working as pundit during England win

James Haskell forced to deny he was drunk while working as pundit for Sky during England’s narrow win over South Africa… despite saying he sounded like he had ’50 whiskies’

  • James Haskell has denied that he was drunk while doing punditry work for Sky
  • Northampton Saints star appeared to slur his words in his post-match analysis
  • The clip lead to fans believing the 33-year-old was drunk at Twickenham
  • Haskell responded by saying that there was a ‘technical fault’ with the Sky audio

England star James Haskell has been forced to deny that he was drunk while offering analysis after England’s 12-11 win over South Africa on Saturday afternoon.

The 33-year-old took to Twitter to explain why he appeared to struggle to get his words out while working as a pundit for Sky.

Haskell was asked what the England players would be doing after their narrow win over the Springboks before he went on to slur his words, with fans believing he was intoxicated.

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James Haskell was forced to deny that he was drunk while working as a pundit for Sky
He explained that there was a technical fault with Sky's audio

James Haskell took to Twitter to deny that he was drunk while working as a pundit on Saturday

I didn’t think I had to spell this out, but it appears I need to. I was not drunk, nor had I had a drop to drink working for Sky. It was a technical fault that altered my voice and what I was saying. ?? Its funny as hell. But the divs are out in force making insinuations? pic.twitter.com/T2VSwSf7lK

After the clip did the rounds on social media, Haskell believed he had to come out and clear up what actually happened after the game. 

Haskell said in his tweet: ‘I didn’t think I had to spell this out, but it appears I need to. I was not drunk, nor had I had a drop to drink working for Sky. 

‘It was a technical fault that altered my voice and what I was saying. Its funny as hell. But the divs are out in force making insinuations.’

The Northampton Saints man also recorded himself in a video to clear up the confusion of what happened after the match at Twickenham.

All about celebrating victories @jameshaskell…just not before live TV. This is outstanding!! It’s also horrible when you can hear yourself on talkback… pic.twitter.com/yiTCEyJgo7

The Northampton Saints star (R) appeared to slur his words in his post-match analysis for Sky

Haskell struggled to speak after England’s win which he said was down to a ‘technical issue’

He said: ‘I think for the record I need to clear up the fact that post game today, there was a technical issue with the audio on Sky and I was no way drunk or p****d in any way shape or form.

‘It sounded like I may have had 50 whiskies but that was not true.’

Following the incident, fans joked that Haskell’s punditry was some of the best they’d ever witnessed.

One fan said: ‘James Haskell with probably the best piece of analytical punditry I’ve seen all year. Absolute class.’

Another Twitter used described Haskell’s commentary as ‘the finest bit of analysis you’re ever likely to see’.

Others immediately suggested that the former Wasps man had been enjoying a drink before going on live TV.

‘All about celebrating victories James Haskell… just not before live TV. This is outstanding!’ a Twitter said. 

Haskell has played 77 times for England  but has not featured for the national team since March

Haskell has played 77 times for England but has not featured for the national team since March

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