Ex-NFL player Ben Watson walks off set after ESPN’s Peter Burns jokes about his wife

Later, Peter Burns tweeted a selfie with Ben Watson where Burns was smiling at the camera while Watson was sporting a dead-serious look

Ex-NFL player Ben Watson walks off set after ESPN’s Peter Burns jokes about his wife
Ben Watson walked off halftime SEC show after co-analyst Peter Burns made crude joke on his wife, Kirsten Watson (Kirsten Watson/Instagram, PeterBurnsESPN/Twitter)
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WASHINGTON DC, US: There was some heat on the set of SEC’s halftime show on ESPN after analyst Peter Burns cracked a joke about Kirsten Watson, the wife of co-analyst and former NFL tight end, Benjamin Watson during the Florida-Vanderbilt game. The incident that took place on Saturday, November 19, escalated when Burns poked fun at Watson and joked if he didn’t get "the memo" about the hosts, including Chris Doering and Takeo Spikes wearing dark-colored suits.

The ex-NFL star who was wearing a light blue suit with a pink tie kept up with bantering and replied, “As long as I get a text from my wife [Kirsten Watson] that says I look good. Send me the text, baby. Send me the text.” To which Burns made a comment which visibly pissed Watson, “That’s not the text she sent me.” At that very moment, the broadcast cut to highlights of the game. After the show went live after returning from a commercial break, Doering and Spikes were the only ones at the table, with Burns and Watson’s chairs remaining empty. “Just you and I here, Takeo, not sure what happened to Peter Burns,” Doering said before Watson joined them at the desk, reports the New York Post.

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“Did you have him keep your wife’s name out of his mouth?” Doering then asked Watson, to which Watson replied, “Huh?” while he sat down and slammed his phone on the table. “We’ll see how Peter Burns is with that smart mouth in the second half,” Doering joked.

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Later, Burns tweeted a selfie with Watson, captioned, "#Friendship." In the image, Burns was smiling at the camera while Watson was sporting a dead-serious look on the SEC Network set. Watson then reposted Burns’ tweet and wrote, “Moving on. But you still owe Mrs [sic] Watson a public apology.”

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Watson on Monday, November 22, posted a public apology on Twitter and quoted a fan who thought "it was a good joke," and didn’t see anything wrong with it. It read, “While it was a joke, the truth is that I crossed the line, you should never joke about family so that I owe a public apology to Ben & Kirsten 100%. @BenjaminSWatson couldn’t have handled it better with his humor and class. We all good & proud to call him a friend & coworker.”

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According to the report, Watson then reposted Burns’ tweet, writing, “Apology accepted. We are moving on. See you Saturday man. We have some big games to discuss!”

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