Analyst Apologizes to Former Saints TE Ben Watson For Wife Joke

Benjamin Watson played one of the most physically demanding high-level positions for sixteen NFL seasons.

The former tight end spent 4 of his 16 seasons with the New Orleans Saints, shining on and off the field.

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A married father of seven, Watson has always been open about his love for family, love for his wife Kirsten, and love for their seven children.

Benjamin Watson and family in 2015

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Benjamin and Kirsten got married in 2005, are devout Christians and speak openly about their faith.

Ben and Kirsten Watson in 2014

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It’s a good thing for ESPN college football analyst Peter Burns that Benjamin Watson is a practicing Christian, otherwise Burns might have been beaten up by Benjamin after making a bad joke about Kirsten on live television.

Watson, who started working as a college football studio analyst for ESPN’s SEC network in 2021, didn’t look happy Saturday when Burns made a rude remark about receiving a text message from Kirsten.

While Burns joked, Watson wasn’t amused.

At first glance, it was difficult to decipher if it was a little bit or real.

ESPN released a statement claiming it was a bit, but there’s plenty of evidence that it’s not, and Benjamin Watson was furious with Burns.

The exchange took place on Saturday. Later that day, Peter Burns shared a photo of him and Watson with the hashtag “friendship.” Watson responded accordingly.

“You still owe Mrs. Watson a public apology.”

Apparently Burns ignored Mr Watson’s suggestion and had to apologize to Mrs Watson on Monday evening.

He finally issued a public apology last night by replying to someone on Twitter who was defending him.

Watson responded by accepting the apology.

One look at the comments, and it was easy to see what was bothering Benjamin was not a joke at his expense, but his wife’s.

Having seen this exchange balloon become a huge talking point on social media, I’m only certain that it is.

Peter Burns will never again make a joke about another man’s wife on live TV.

At least it didn’t turn into another Oscar moment.

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