ESPN panelists for “Monday Night Football Countdown,” Anthony “Booger” McFarland and Steve Young, lost it Monday over their juxtaposed views of New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
McFarland seemingly felt that Wilson lacked the adequate response to the Jet’s 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots, which the analyst put down to Wilson’s upbringing.
Wilson’s uncle is JetBlue founder David Neeleman, according to the New York Post.
Steve Young took issue with Booger McFarland saying Zach Wilson “grew up with a lot of money” and hasn’t “had to accept accountability.”
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“He’s a young man who grew up with a lot of money,” McFarland said in the clip. “I don’t think he’s ever had to accept accountability. So, now on the biggest stage we want this quarterback to accept accountability.”
Young couldn’t even let McFarland finish speaking before jumping to the quarterback’s defense.
“That doesn’t resonate at all,” Young cut in. “He’s a tough-minded kid.”
The duo managed to somewhat fix the awkwardness by finding common ground over Wilson’s 9-for-22 passing Sunday performance, which, at 77 yards total, they agreed was nowhere near good enough. (RELATED: ESPN Analysts Can’t Stop Yelling In Heated Debate Over Two All-Time Baseball Greats)
Fellow panelist Robert Griffin III looked so uncomfortable as McFarland kept going back to his presumption that Wilson had never had to accept accountability. RGIII later referred to Wilson as “Trash Bandicoot,” but never directly engaged in the entitlement and accountability debate, according to Awful Announcing.