Imagine if an NFL studio analyst, say Boomer Esiason, blamed a quarterback’s poor play on a rumor of that player having an affair with the coach’s daughter. It would turn into headline news on Good Morning America, TMZ would have reaction from Dr. Phil, ESPN would be apologizing for CBS. It would be out of control.
So let’s go to England tonight where Sky Sports was previewing a Manchester United-Crystal Palace match when analyst Patrice Evra actually brought up an alleged affair between Wilfried Zaha and his manager at the time, David Moyes’ daughter, as the reason Zaha flamed out with Man U. back in 2015 after just two appearances with the club.
I know these names don’t mean much to you, but a salacious media moment like this isn’t getting past us here at Outkick.
“We all know Wilfried Zaha is better than Crystal Palace, with all due respect, he’s such an electric player,” Evra said. “I think what ruined his career for Manchester United is when he had this true or untrue affair with David Moyes’ daughter.
David Moyes's daughter Lauren. pic.twitter.com/skjO7nfihO
— Manchester United (@United_Fans) January 4, 2014
“Because I remember in pre-season he was playing in every game, but when that news came out… he was out of the game and he disappeared.
“But what a player and he will be a massive threat for Manchester United, he’ll be fresh and ready to attack and ready to hurt United.”
Yep, Sky Sports issued a statement right there on air saying the claim by Evra was false and that Zaha had never met Moyes’ daughter. I might not know much about the Premier League, but I know a juicy claim when I hear one.
This is like Charles Barkley throwing out allegations on Inside the NBA.
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL PATRICE HAS THEM DOING CLARIFICATION SPEECH 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/4zOkHgYC6z
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— Izzat Azwar (@IZZTAZWAR) August 21, 2013