Dec 22, 2019; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during a post game interview following a win against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Doak is a sports anchor and reporter at WWL-TV in New Orleans, so he’s spent some time covering the New Orleans Saints and has undoubtedly been in the team locker room. Next time he heads in it may or may not get a little ugly following a Twitter exchange he had with Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas on Saturday.

Thomas, whose Saints lost the Minnesota Vikings in questionable fashion last week, watched the Vikings get beat soundly by the 49ers on Saturday. He took to Twitter to do some trolling during the game and gloat about the outcome as well.

Not the best look. And some people certainly noticed, including Doak, who took to Twitter himself to not-so-subtly subtweet about it.

This, naturally, caught the attention of Thomas, who re-directed his focus in Doak’s direction a few hours later.

And off we went, with Doak not trying to straddle the line between smoothing things over without backing down on his initial point.

Thomas was not having it.

At that point, Doak tried to opt out and let it be known he’d be up for having a face-to-face discussion down the road.

And that’s when, in so many words, Thomas decided to let Doak know he might punch him the next time he saw him. Lovely.

Doak ended things by attempting to appeal to Thomas as a professional and that seemed to wrap things up for now.

You can squabble over the way things started, with a subtweet from a reporter about an athlete he covers, which isn’t a great look. However, Thomas’ insinuation of physically assaulting Doak was out of line, even if it was just Twitter muscles talking. There’s certainly no room for that in any professional setting, even one like football. Hopefully, the issue is addressed sensibly, either by the Saints or between Doak and Thomas in a comfortable setting.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to