Twitter users have blasted NFL legend Terry Bradshaw for mocking Andy Reid for his weight, with the Fox analyst being prompted to resign over his comments.
The 64-year-old had just led his team to a stunning 38-35 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, but was perhaps surprised by the reception he received from a great in the sport.
Four-time Super Bowl winner Bradshaw has been criticized for comments he made in his post-game interview with the winning Kansas City Chiefs coach, in which he urged Reid to “waddle over here.”
As a result, viewers were shocked by the legend’s turn of events, with most fans feeling that Bradshaw was out of line.
‘Big guy. Let me bring the big guy in here,” Bradshaw began after spotting Reid after helping his team achieve his second Super Bowl win as a coach. ‘Come on, waddle over here.’
Terry Bradshaw (L) has caused controversy with his comments in an interview with Andy Reid (C).
Bradshaw then told Reid to “have a cheeseburger on us” and suggested that Reid was “getting on in years.”
Reid himself has described himself as a “chubby guy” in the past, and when asked how he would celebrate his first Super Bowl 54 title, he said, “The biggest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen. .. could be a double!’
But Bradshaw’s comments have sparked outrage on social media, and viewers have come out in defense of Reid in the days following the Chiefs’ win.
One user wrote: “Nothing like shaming the coach who won the #SuperBowl! Classless & tasteless.’
Another added: “Bradshaw should be fired for shaming Andy Reid! He should have retired years ago. That is, Bradshaw, not Reid.”
A third slammed Bradshaw by saying: “Just a bad character from Terry. He’s laughing at his little bump, but it’s not remotely funny.’
A fourth also pointed the finger at Fox, writing: “Note to Fox and Terry Bradshaw you clumsy, fat-shamed, stumbling chump. #FireTerryBradshaw. Even your colleagues no longer want to be around you.”
A fifth supported the statement: “The level of fat shaming and ageism on behalf of Terry Bradshaw is disgusting.”
A number of Super Bowl fans were quick to criticize the Fox analyst’s comments about Reid’s weight
Bradshaw is a four-time Super Bowl winner with the Pittsburg Steelers before becoming an award-winning Fox analyst
And a sixth joked: “I was waiting for Andy to throw him (physically) off the platform. Called him fat 3 different ways and then called him old.’
Reid has won two Super Bowl titles in three years
However, not all viewers shared the same opinion, and many suggested that Bradshaw and Reid were both on the same side of the joke.
Many also pointed to Reid’s previous comments about his weight, suggesting he clearly had no problem downplaying the issue and implying Bradshaw was being ironic given their similar ages.
One viewer claimed: “Give me a break. Andy was in no way offended. people grow up. Relieve yourself and smile. Terry Bradshaw is no lightweight either.”
A second claimed that while Bradhsaw was responsible for the odd mistake, this time he was in trouble, writing: “Andy jokes about being a fat guy all the time, Terry makes a lot of mistakes that’s not one of them them.’
A third pointed to Reid’s previous comments, insisting Reid wasn’t upset: “You all know Reid likes cheeseburgers, right. He was asked what he was going to do after the last SB win and said eat a cheeseburger. So it’s a running gag. You can clearly see that Andy isn’t even mad. They are both tall and older….
And a fourth felt similar, writing: “Why did Reid laugh? Why did Reid joke about getting a cheeseburger after the last Super Bowl win? Why did Reid say he’s most looking forward to getting a bratwurst in Germany when the Chiefs play there next year? It’s almost like it’s Reid’s joke and we’re all playing along.’
Several viewers were quick to defend Bradshaw’s comments, pointing out Reid’s previous jokes about his own weight