ESPN is trying to give damage control to what fans have been talking about since Saturday.
An awkward scene unfolded on the set of SEC Network’s halftime show Saturday that resulted in ESPN analyst and former NFL tight end Ben Watson walking off the set.
It all began when Peter Burns made a joke about Watson being the only member on camera wearing a light suit. Watson responded by shopwing his phone and bringing up his wife.
“As long as I get a text from my wife that says I look good,” Watson said. “Send me the text, baby. Send me the text.”
Burns then chimed in, chiding “That’s not the text she sent me.”
Not a good joke to make. Coming out of the commercial break, only Doering and Spikes were still sitting at the desk, when Watson came back in with an angry look on his face.
The beef appeared to be real, but ESPN is not only denying it, they are stating it was all a bit.
“Entire thing was a performance bit. Benjamin 100% deserves an Emmy nomination,” Amanda Brooks, ESPN Director, College Football & SEC Network, wrote in part to Outkick.
That must be some bit, because Watson still stated that Burns owes his wife an apology.
For Peter Burns sake, we’d hope he’s learned a valuable lesson and won’t make a joke like this again in the future.