The toughest thing about live television is that once you make a terrible comment like this one, there’s no taking it back.
Prior to Saturday’s first College Football Playoff between LSU and Oklahoma, ESPN’s Matt Barrie was speaking about the unfortunate passing of LUS offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law when he offered up this questionable choice of phrasing:
“But certainly our thoughts and prayers with coach and his family, as he gets set to do his job and try to put away the distraction of losing his daughter-in-law just hours before kickoff here of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl…”
Yeah, calling his daughter-in-law’s passing a “distraction” probably wasn’t the best idea in this case.
For those who are unaware of the story, Ensminger’s daughter-in-law, Carley McCord, was a journalist for WDSU-TV. She was on her way to Atlanta to cover the Peach Bowl when her plane crashed, killer her and four others.
Ensminger’s Tigers would go on to win the game, 63-28. Our thought and prayers go out to him and his family.
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