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SEC Network’s Peter Burns with a major faux pas against colleague Ben Watson

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Work is work, even if part of the job description is to come across as best friends on television.

The goal of a sports studio is for the jocks to be funny. However, not everyone can be Ernie, Charles, Shaq and Kenny, and even they get upset time to time. It’s best for everyone else to keep the jokes light and perfect the fake TV chuckle.

During halftime of Vanderbilt’s 31-24 victory against Florida on the SEC Network, Peter Burns made a smart joke about Benjamin Watson’s run. He was right, the tight end of the former Georgia, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints was pretty shiny compared to everyone else on set.

Watson didn’t have much of a comeback, so he took it with a sense of humor, smiled and said that as long as his wife texts him that he looks good, he doesn’t care. Burns then went for the gusto with a second joke when he said, “That’s not the one she sent me.” He’s lucky it didn’t cause Watson to wipe some of that suit’s shine against his forehead.

When the halftime show returned from a commercial break, both Watson and Burns had disappeared from the set. Chris Doeren opened the next segment and immediately addressed the noticeable difference and Watson angrily sauntered back onto the set, that shiny suit jacket clearly unbuttoned and a facial expression that looked like he had rocks in his jaws.

For those who weren’t raised with boundaries, in general you should always be careful who you tease. Just because you mean something as a joke doesn’t mean the other person will take it that way. This is how communication works, the receiver interprets it and responds accordingly.

Not everyone cares what brilliant joke you, a non-professional comedian, thought of at one point. And for those who can’t help but playfully bully their fellow humans, a good rule of thumb is to leave people’s families alone.

Some “yo mama” jokes between classmates who have known each other for a while at school is not the same as being rude about the people an adult considers most important in the world.

It’s always best to assume that jokes about people’s parents, significant others, and offspring are off limits, especially in an environment for all the world to see. Hurting people, hurting people and hurting someone’s feelings in that way can lead to some hurt for the offending part, be it their pride or body.

Burns and Watson later snapped a shot to try and play it off as if there wasn’t an argument between the two. Watson would later quote and tweet it, and judging by what he posted, I don’t think Burns will be making jokes about his co-workers’ wife, wardrobe, or anything else anytime soon.

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