Troy Aikman shreds Doug Gottlieb over Andrew Luck criticism
Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement on Saturday shook the Twittersphere and prompted a flurry of reactions across the board, including a divisive comment from FS1 analyst Doug Gottlieb.
“Retiring cause rehabbing is ‘too hard’ is the most millennial thing ever #AndrewLuck,” Gottlieb tweeted Saturday evening.
While Gottlieb’s remark was met with a wave of criticism from a number of media personalities, including Britt McHenry and Mike Golic, Troy Aikman went scorched earth on his fellow Fox Sports colleague.
“That’s total bulls–t Doug. 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. Nice,” Aikman responded Sunday night.
It is not the first time Aikman has been critical of a Fox Sports decision. In 2016, Aikman voiced his displeasure over Skip Bayless’ hiring at FS1. Aikman became part of the NFL on Fox’s lead play-by-play team ahead of the 2002 season.
“To say I’m disappointed in the hiring of Skip Bayless would be an enormous understatement,” Aikman said at the time, per Sports Illustrated. “Clearly, [Fox Sports president of national networks] Jamie Horowitz and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to building a successful organization. I believe success is achieved by acquiring and developing talented, respected and credible individuals, none of which applies to Skip Bayless.”
Bayless is still employed at the network while Horowitz was fired in 2017 amid misconduct claims. He joined DAZN as its executive vice president for content in North America earlier this year.
Luck, 29, declared that he is ready for his next chapter after enduring injury struggles over the years.
“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” Luck said. “It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”
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