We almost had a Will Smith-Chris Rock incident on the SEC Network.
Long-time reporter and Ex-Patriots TE Benjamin Watson were talking about each other suits on air, and that is when things got a little weird, according to SI.
It all went down at halftime of the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game. The crew — Burns, Watson, Chris Doeren, and Takeo Spikes — were joking around about the suits they were wearing.
Burns made a comment about Watson’s suit being the only light-colored one on set.
“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 chimed in, saying, “That’s not the text she sent me.”
That’s when it got a little uneasy.
The cameras then moved off the crew, but did catch the reactions on set. Watson was clearly upset by Burns’ joke and Doeren went to a commercial break.
When the program returned, only Doeren and Spikes were visible on set, and Watson returned to his seat shortly afterwards. He didn’t look happy.
Doeren made a reference to Will Smith’s infamous Oscars slap, asking Watson if he told Burns to “keep your wife’s name out your mouth.”
Watson responded, “Huh?
Watson is very religious. He stood up for Drew Brees, who supported a religion that many found suspect for some of their beliefs.
With that being said, you can’t speak about someone’s wife on national tv, even if it is a joke. I would have an issue with that as well.
That might be the type of humor that Burns has with his close friends, but considering that Watson says he still wants a public apology after Burns said they were friends, let’s you know they weren’t that close.
Flip the page for the video and Watson demanding an apology.