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Charles Mann offers awkward sideline commentary

Former Redskins defensive end Charles Mann is working as a sideline reporter on the Redskins’ preseason games, and part of that job is evaluating which players are looking good. That’s a part of the job that appears to make Mann uncomfortable.

In an awkward sideline exchange with Redskins safety LaRon Landry, Mann offered gushing praise — and then quickly added that he’s married, apparently worrying that Landry would think Mann was hitting on him.

“You look very, very impressive, and I — you know, I’m married, happily, and I ain’t into — but anyway, you look fantastic,” Mann said.

Deadspin has the video, and all I can say from watching it is that I’m sure it never would have occurred to Landry or to anyone else that Mann was offering anything other than an assessment of how Landry looks as a football player. If Mann feels the need to interject the fact that he’s married every time he says something complimentary about a football player, then TV commentary is probably the wrong job for him.

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38 Responses to “Charles Mann offers awkward sideline commentary”
  1. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:02 PM

    Am I the only one tired of these media outlets handing a microphone to just about any brain-dead moron that used to play? What possible insight could they hope to glean from this latest Mensa member? How to get uniform shreds from under your fingernails?
    Give it a rest!

  2. FinFan68 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:03 PM

    Wow, what a ridiculous mindset. He needs to just let his insecurities go or find a new line of work.

  3. jhart615 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:05 PM

    that moment where all you can do is feel embarrased FOR the guy…

  4. hobartbaker says: Aug 20, 2011 2:07 PM

    Charles is married. Even though it is not legally recognized in most parts of the world.

  5. lance19 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:10 PM

    GREAT job on that story Michael…

    (don’t worry…I’m happily married!)

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Aug 20, 2011 2:20 PM

    Maybe he was trying to convince HIMSELF that he’s happily married and not interested in the gentleman.

  7. jacksaysfu says: Aug 20, 2011 2:21 PM

    Not too happily! , his wife says hello.

  8. elwaysbrain says: Aug 20, 2011 2:26 PM

    That picture, his voice, and what he said, it’s all pretty gay to me.

  9. citizenstrange says: Aug 20, 2011 2:29 PM

    A simple “no h-mo” would have sufficed.

  10. ICDogg says: Aug 20, 2011 2:29 PM

    Howard Cosell used to lament about the “jockocracy” that was taking over the football media.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:40 PM


  12. jo3jo says: Aug 20, 2011 2:42 PM

    Sounds like someone isn’t particularly secure in his masculinity. If the first thing that jumps into YOUR OWN mind is that you sound like you are sexually interested, you probably are.

  13. theismannsbrokenleg says: Aug 20, 2011 2:43 PM

    Thou dost protest too much, Mann!

  14. habsman says: Aug 20, 2011 2:46 PM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  15. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 20, 2011 2:51 PM

    I almost died laughing reading this, though. Learn from Gus Johnson next time, Chuck!

  16. ejbpound4pound says: Aug 20, 2011 2:52 PM

    On a side note, for anyone who watched the video.. One must wonder if Landry is taking HGH .

  17. Davo says: Aug 20, 2011 3:01 PM

    It’s usually the guys that need to issue a denial, right?

  18. headhunter11 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:06 PM

    Landry is a beast coming to your local NFL team to lay the beat down

  19. bearsrulepackdrool says: Aug 20, 2011 3:10 PM

    In this day and age you never know.

  20. kegowhisky says: Aug 20, 2011 3:26 PM

    It was embarassing, it was awkward.

    I feel badly for him. He probably won’t be behind the mike much longer. Too bad for someone who excelled in the game.

  21. hobartbaker says: Aug 20, 2011 3:28 PM

    “I’m married, happily” is the new “No h*mo”.

  22. seneca1ss says: Aug 20, 2011 3:30 PM

    He just told on himself……….hahaha

  23. becksmagicunderwear says: Aug 20, 2011 3:32 PM

    Next up-Dexter Manley hosting the National Spelling Bee!!

  24. sasquash20 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:34 PM

    So what the guy realized he may have sounded a little gay and tried to back pedal a little. Hes not experienced at handling a mike totally, so cut this tinker bell a break.

  25. trbowman says: Aug 20, 2011 3:51 PM

    Haters gonna hate.

    Charles Mann for the win.

  26. duffer58 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:53 PM

    still better then theisman

  27. trollaikman8 says: Aug 20, 2011 4:37 PM

    Mr.Bachman is intrigued…

  28. moosev says: Aug 20, 2011 5:06 PM

    Charles Mann is one of my favorite Redskins. He is articulate but not a good announcer. His mic was also hot during the game a couple of times where he was randomly caught talking about someone eating a hotdog and again when he was telling producers that Ryan Kerrigan was walking his way and he wanted to interview him. Awkward and poorly produced.

    He also enjoyed the attention his Super Bowl ring was giving him.

    He was slightly better than the Darrell Green experiment a couple of years ago.


  29. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Aug 20, 2011 5:35 PM

    Anyone remember that soup commercial Mann made years ago? The look on his face pretty much said it all.

  30. destroyedbydansnyder says: Aug 20, 2011 5:43 PM

    On an unrelated note, Landry was ripped. Now if he could get back in the game.

  31. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Aug 20, 2011 5:45 PM

    Poor Washington market (just like a lot of others i’m sure) has no idea how to pick commentators. I am unfortunate enough to live in the dc market and horrible personalities are consistently chosen.
    If you think Mann is bad, you should hear Brian Mitchell on the radio. god, it just horrible.
    He speaks ebonics for gods sake.

    And how about LaVar Arrington, ya the one who retired a Giant, who left the Skins with a chip on his shoulder and who now tries so hard to make us believe he’s a skins fan??

  32. plundergrunge says: Aug 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    Why does Atogwe always look lost?

  33. philly2boston says: Aug 20, 2011 6:16 PM

    Mann was a real good player just like Mike Quick (one of my Eagle favs) but unfortunately their announcing also parallel in plain awful.

  34. stinkfingers says: Aug 20, 2011 8:32 PM

    In case nobody noticed… Terry Bradshaw also called Joe Buck “sexy” during the Eagles and Steelers game.

  35. MichaelEdits says: Aug 20, 2011 11:14 PM

    He’s a manly Mann.

  36. sakatak says: Aug 21, 2011 11:01 AM

    It’s only funny when Jerry Seinfeld says it.

  37. agelardi says: Aug 21, 2011 12:31 PM

    Is this the Wash. player who admitted that, even though he went to college, he couldn’t read?

  38. dikshuttle says: Aug 23, 2011 12:47 PM

    No, agelardi, that was Manley. Both were beasts.

    And really? We’re picking on first-time local broadcasters now?

    This site goes full-tard sometime. And you never go full-tard.

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