ESPN's Werder Off The Mark With Reid Joke

We’ve heard this stuff for 14 years. The guy’s play calling chart was actually a menu, he’s fat, he’s a walrus, etc.

Frankly, these jokes were never funny and often in bad taste. But these jokes usually came from blowhard morning sports talk radio hosts and frustrated Eagles fans. That’s one thing, but it’s a completely different story when one of ESPN’s most reputable reporters decides to go at Reid’s weight on national television. Appearing on SportsCenter, Werder suggested a planned flight to Arizona by Reid was canceled because he could put the plane over its weight limit.

Not only was both the joke and its delivery bad, it’s also bad journalism. As Werder quipped about Reid’s weight, he actually stumbled as if he knew what he was saying was incredibly stupid, which it was. Werder, to his credit, did what any upstanding reporter would do–he later apologized on Twitter.

Should be interesting the next time Werder makes his way to Kansas City.

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