Our friends at Ride the Pine captured this video from the Friday morning SportsCenter of Ed Werder filing a report on the latest involving former Eagles coach Andy Reid. Werder talks about a Chiefs delegation leaving Philadelphia and goes where few news reporters will ever go - cutting a joke about Andy Reid's prodigious figure...
"Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and his delegation that includes GM Scott Pioli has actually left Philadelphia and returned to Kansas City without Andy Reid in tow, now I don't know if that's because Andy Reid might put the plane over its weight limit..."
Ouch. I mean really, that's a low blow, isn't it? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for humor and making terrible jokes at inopportune times, but Reid has had a tough year on and off the field and cracking jokes about his weight doesn't strike me as the best thing to do when reporting on his coaching future. Although I can imagine SportsCenter's ratings would go through the roof if reporters and analysts were allowed to freely make fun of people, the snarky humor should be saved for a much more appropriate and easy target - Rex Ryan's weird tattoo of his wife in a Mark Sanchez jersey.
UPDATE: Later on in the morning, Werder apologized on Twitter:
Bad attempt at humor on earlier SportsCenter. I know better & I’m sorry. Apologies to Andy Reid. Back to football news. Lots to cover— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 4, 2013
Ed Werder, modeling bullying for the young men and women of America. (I cannot, for the life of me, imagine how it is that some people arrive at a critical moment, gun in hand, with suicide, suicide-by-cop, or mass murder or murder-suicide on their minds. You stuck for any answers, Ed? How about taking shot at Reid's sons and Dungy's boy, too, while you're at it?)
I remember when Werder was a respectable reporter for the Dallas Morning News...now he's just hard to watch on TV