Don't Play 'Bout His: ESPN Sportscaster Leaves Set After Co-Host Makes Sly Joke About His Wife

Don’t Play ‘Bout His: ESPN Sportscaster Leaves Set After Co-Host Makes Sly Joke About His Wife

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: NFL player Ben Watson (L) and guest attend the 5th Annual NFL Honors at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

You need thick skin to work in the sports industry — but wives and kids are off-limits.

Ben Watson, a former NFL tight end, shared a stage on live TV with fellow analysts Chris Doering, Takeo Spikes, and Peter Burns during coverage of a college football game on ESPN‘s SEC Network.

During the conversation for the halftime show, Burns asked Watson if he got the memo regarding everyone wearing dark suits, according to Sports Illustrated.

Watson, who had on a light-colored suit, responded, “As long as I get a text from my wife that says I look good.”

As the crew laughed, Watson held his phone and looked toward the camera as if signaling to his wife. He said, “Send me the text, baby. Send me the text.”

Burns replied to Watson saying, “That’s not the text she sent me,” which spurred more laughter.

A Twitter post showed that neither Watson nor Burns were in the camera shot. But, seconds later, Watson was seen returning to his seat, with a less jovial expression than he had previously. Burns didn’t come back to his seat.

Burns later posted a picture of himself and Watson on Twitter. Watson responded to the post by saying his co-host still owes his wife an apology.

Moving on. But you still owe Mrs Watson a public apology.

OutKick reported that it reached out to ESPN and was given a response by Amanda Brooks, ESPN Director, College Football & SEC Network. She wrote, “Entire thing was a performance bit. Benjamin 100% deserves an Emmy nomination.”