Last month, Andrew Luck shocked the NFL world when he announced his sudden retirement. That news sparked several dumb takes, one of which came from Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb, who tweeted, “Retiring cause rehabbing is ‘too hard’ is the most millennial thing ever.”
Gottlieb’s tweet earned him over 33,000 direct replies on Twitter, which doesn’t even count in the number of quote tweets he received. One of those quote tweets came from fellow Fox Sports co-worker Troy Aikman, who tweeted a profane response to Gottlieb’s tweet.
That’s total bullshit Doug. What qualifies you to decide how someone should live their life? So you’re now the authority on what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decisions don’t fit into what you think is best for him then you rip him? Guess that keeps you employed on FS1. Nice https://t.co/p59DsmPoER
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) August 26, 2019
Earlier this week, in an interview on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, Aikman says his response earned his bosses’ attention. Although he says they weren’t overly upset with the language used, or the fact he bashed a co-worker. He says they were upset over the final line of his tweet where he criticized the FS1 network as a whole.
“They respected the fact that I was honest. They did not like that I would say something about the company,” Aikman said. “I understand that, and I appreciate the way that they discussed it with me.”
Aikman added his tweet wasn’t a personal attack on Gottlieb. He just didn’t like the argument being made, and felt a need to say something about it. He said, “I just felt Doug’s comments were out of line.” He also discussed how he knew Luck personally and felt he had a more informed perspective on his decision to retire.
“I know a year ago when I talked to [Luck] before one of our games, when he had missed the season the year before because of injury, he said he just found himself in a really bad place,” Aikman said. “He didn’t like himself and did like who he was becoming during that year he was away from football and trying to rehab that shoulder.”
Aikman also noted, “I think it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing that kind of tweet again.”
As for Gottlieb, he did his best to add more context to his Luck tweet a few days after he sent it. But he didn’t apologize for it, and essentially just doubled-down on his argument.
Aikman didn’t get in too much trouble for his tweet, though. He’s been calling games like he normally has, doing two games a week including the Thursday Night Football broadcast.