Kurt Warner: Tweet had nothing to do with MNF snub

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Thursday’s announcement that ESPN has hired Jason Witten for Monday Night Football has prompted speculation that runner-up Kurt Warner possibly was complaining about the decision in a late Wednesday afternoon tweet. On Thursday, Warner addressed in interview with Bernie Miklasz of 101 ESPN in St. Louis whether the Wednesday tweet was related to Monday nights.

Absolutely not,” Warner said. “I didn’t even know that was an issue. And that had absolutely nothing to do with Monday Night Football. Had nothing to do with anything that I was dealing with personally at that point in time. It had to do with some different things that I saw were out there, you know, different things that were going on . . . where we are in this society as a whole.

“And I reference back to times when I was playing, for sure. There were times when I really felt like I was the best person for the job and I always thought, ‘OK, when you get to the highest level, when you get to like the NFL level, the best person for the job’s just gonna get the job.’ It doesn’t matter where they’re drafted or how much money they make or what their pedigree is, and I realized very quickly that that’s not the case in the sport of football and at a high level. But that had nothing to do with the Monday Night Football thing.

“I mean, you know, first and foremost, how could you ever say that when a guy like Jason Witten has never called a game before? I mean, I don’t know what Jason Witten is going to be as a broadcaster but, you know, there would be no way for me to say, ‘Well, I’m definitely better than everybody that tried out for that position.’ I don’t even know who tried out for the position. So that had absolutely nothing to do with Monday Night Football or anything that I was directly involved with. It had to do with me just socially seeing some things that made me just step back and go, ‘How in the world are we here at this point in time where things like race and gender and pedigree and all that stuff dictate how we go about doing things, and things that we do for people, and the way that we treat people?’ I just don’t understand that mentality, and that’s where the tweet came from. But nothing to do with the personal situation.”

Miklasz didn’t ask the obvious follow-up question: What societal development specifically prompted you to post the tweet on Wednesday afternoon? He also asked no questions about how close Warner came to getting the job or when he found out he wasn’t getting it.

And that’s fine. It’s not a big issue. But common sense and basic logic suggests that Warner: (1) wanted the job; (2) believed he should get the job; and (3) learned before posting the tweet that he wouldn’t be getting the job. Thus, if it was something else that prompted a tweet that fairly can be interpreted as reflecting Warner’s disagreement with ESPN’s decision at a time when he had possibly just become aware of it, it would be nice to have more specifics as to what the catalyst for the tweet actually was.

34 responses to “Kurt Warner: Tweet had nothing to do with MNF snub

  1. Why can’t people just man up and admit that what they tweeted, texted, said, etc was exactly what they meant? Saying that it had nothing to do with the MNF snub while offering no other reason as to the tweet just makes it look worse – we all know it was in reference to the MNF thing, just say that and move on.

  2. Kurt Warner is and always has been a class act. As the quarterback for the greatest show on turf, I always wanted to dislike him and his wife (too much out in the public eye), but Warner made that too tough. He seems like the goods.

    Also, he’s demonstrated that he can articulate well as an NFL analyst. The reason an untested Witten got this job is that he played in Dallas. It would be great if Warner could go out there and prove them wrong and get the #2 job with CBS or FOX.

  3. Now thats what I call “Spin”!!!!……Dude needs to seriously consider running for elective office…..he’s a natural…

  4. So basically Warner is a whiny fibber and the radio host did a crappy job of interviewing him (unless Warner specifically told him not to ask certain questions, in which case the radio station probably should have declined the interview).

  5. Warner’s always seemed like a pretty honest, straight forward guy. How about giving him the benefit of the doubt?

  6. “How in the world are we here at this point in time where things like race and gender and pedigree and all that stuff dictate how we go about doing things? ”

    Wit, is he saying it’s at this point in time we let race and gender and pedigree dictate things? No, sir, I’m sorry but it’s been that way for a hundred plus years. It’s just that in our long history as a society the race and gender and pedigree dictated favoritism for the white, the male and the aristocracy. We’ve never been “equal.” And we’re not equal now.

  7. What I like about Twitter is that we get the players words completely unfiltered by the media, it’s straight from them to us. Unless they “got hacked” of course. What I hate about Twitter is pretty much everything else about it.

  8. I owned up to what I said on Twitter once. It felt good. I think I’ll do it more often. These people in the media at large aren’t so cool after all.

  9. Probably wasting my time as it appears I am back on the delete comment no matter what the content list but… Warner needs to own what he said. His lame transparent backtracking shows why he was a good QB. His back pedalling is second to none.

  10. If Bernie would have asked a tough, follow-up question, it would have been the first time. You should hear the way he kisses the behinds of anyone in the local baseball team’s front office!

  11. Kurt how did you get your job after your retirement? I’m sure you were not the most
    qualified either.

  12. grumpysal says:
    May 3, 2018 at 12:16 pm
    Why can’t people just man up and admit that what they tweeted, texted, said, etc was exactly what they meant?
    When you age you will be amazed at how much you thought you knew that wasn’t true. Assume nothing will probably keep you closer to the truth.

  13. Another obvious missing follow-up in this article is a quote of the tweet or a link to it, since if this is the first you’ve heard of the story, you don’t know what he wrote.

  14. Warner probably felt like I did when I learned Witten was even under consideration. Hey,nobody’s even heard him speak and he’s gonna get an analyst job? The story’s not Warner’s reaction, but why ESPN is sold on Witten to that extent?

  15. Using the word “pedigree” indicates Eli Manning, who didn’t have an epic rookie season and was famously inept trying to connect to his teammates, but he was… a Manning. So Kurt was out.

    So I’m inclined to believe Warner was speaking generally and not about ESPN. But he should count his blessings. You know he’d be targeted by all the PC warriors to back up the network on every crazy issue. And who watches MNF anymore, anyway?

  16. Warner isn’t very good when I see him on the NFL Network. He seems like a nice guy but adds little to the discussion worth noting. Not that the other are so much better but some are.

  17. always liked warner, great underdog story and the guy could carry a team. but he makes a practice of whining and then denying it. whitten got the job
    because he’s more popular and the patriots beat you because, good as you are, you ain’t the GOAT. deal with it.

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