The troubling postgame visual occurred while WTVT interviewed Bucs offensive tackle Donald Penn. As Penn droned on about the team's struggles, the naked player was visible in the background, a sight that generated a minor uproar on YouTube and around the web.
The station's vice president and news director, John Hoffman, was quick to respond.
"We issued the following apology during last night's 6 p.m. newscast: 'Earlier in the Bucs' postgame there was an inadvertent shot and we apologize for that,' " Hoffman told the St. Petersburg Times in an email Monday.
At one stage, an exceptionally bored contingent on the Internet had reportedly started a movement to "Guess that Buccaneer," but no indication if that mission has been accomplished.