Troy Aikman got a talking-to for his tweet blasting FS1

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The retirement of Andrew Luck prompted a hot take from Doug Gottllieb of FS1, along with a blazing rebuke from FOX’s Troy Aikman. The network’s top NFL analyst didn’t simply call out Gottlieb, but the entire FS1 culture.

“That’s total bullshit Doug,” Aikman tweeted regarding Gottlieb’s criticism of Luck’s retirement decision. “What qualifies you to decide how someone should live their life? So you’re now the authority on what motivates Andrew Luck? And if his decisions don’t fit into what you think is best for him then you rip him? Guess that keeps you employed on FS1.”

Via John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Aikman recently said on the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina that Aikman heard about his tweet from his superiors at FOX.

“I have great bosses, and I will tell you they were great in how they handled it,” Aikman said. “They were very direct with me and honest and I’ve always respected those kinds of people. They respected the fact that I was honest. They did not like that I would say something about the company. I understand that and I appreciate the way that they discussed it with me.”

Aikman’s criticism of FS1 dates back to the network’s decision to hire Skip Bayless, a longtime Aikman nemesis.

26 responses to “Troy Aikman got a talking-to for his tweet blasting FS1

  1. So, I don’t suppose Aikman has ever given any player some advice about Twitter during his Sunday broadcast with Joe, hmmmmm? No, didn’t think so.

    Aikman getting sanctimonious about anyone being opinionated is … how you say… RICH.

  2. There’s a reason that nearly 500,000 people liked that Aikman tweet. It’s because a lot of us feel the same way about sports “analysts” and commentators. I never liked the 90s Cowboys, but I have a lot of respect for Aikman calling those guys out.

  3. FS1 is a troll network specifically geared to losers still living in their mommy’s basements. Troy is right about both the network and Skip Clueless. He’s a complete moron.

  4. Well, Troy was not wrong about Doug. Gottlieb only wished he could’ve been a professional athlete, but he wasn’t good enough to cut it in the NBA.

  5. Hated Aikman the player but only because he gutted my Packers too many times. He is a great commentator and 100% right here. If you didn’t play football past H.S. you don’t to criticize football players bowing out early. This isn’t a twisted ankle or knees against the hard floor (that pain sucks, I know I played BBall too long) but a sport that players are looking to crush you on every play. Gottlieb played college and European ball but hung them up because he wasn’t good enough. Luck was in pain. Learn another perspective, one Aikman knows too well.

  6. Troy is 100% on the money. Luck is doing what’s best for him, and anyone who judges someone because it doesn’t fit into their definition of right, needs to think bigger picture.

  7. Go ahead Fox and fire Troy, I’d bet the farm he would find another job. Though I don’t think anyone would take my bet.

  8. Fox sports radio is such a huge joke. Gottlieb comes on half way through my drive home from work. I typically change the station. He’s just another flower petal trying to pass himself off as a tough guy.

    I feel sports talk get worse every decade or so. The topics just get more and more narrow. It’s lazy. You’ll hear the same 2 hot takes over 8 different format’s for a full week or more. Even if you do have to beat the same story to death for a full week there are most certainly more than two ways to look at anything.

  9. Don’t care Luck is a quitter he looked at his bloated bank account and quit on his teammates. If he truly loved football then he would have rehabbed and come back, but he didn’t LOVE football he LOVED the attention he got playing it

  10. I stopped listening to Gottlieb after this remark. On Twitter, a lot of ex Athletes ripped him also, specifically regarding his past at his 1st college. I don’t think Troy was ripping on FS1; I think he was saying Gottlieb had to say that to get some traction/listeners on FS1. Troy played the game and knows the pain, Gottlieb did not. Luck has been nothing but class. Read up on Gottlieb….

  11. Ask Gottlieb his motives and reasoning for committing credit card fraud from a college team mate. Helluva team mate, Doug.

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