Commanders team president Jason Wright called a journalist "pompous" and "unprofessional" for asking quarterback Carson Wentz a tough question.
In an interview with Scott Abraham of ABC 7 (WJLA), Wentz was asked very matter-of-factly if he thinks Washington is his last chance to prove himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Wentz handled it very professionally, even smiling through the question before delivering his response.
"Real talk here, Carson," Abraham said. "It's been well-documented. Philly didn't want you. Indy didn't want you. Do you think this is your last chance to prove that you can be a starting quarterback in the NFL?"
"I don't really think about all that stuff," Wentz said. "For me, I'm playing the game that I love and I have the most confidence of anybody in myself to deliver, to play at a high level, to be a part of something special here with this team. I don't put all that pressure on myself. People can feel that way, people can say what they want, and I have no issue with that. That is what it is, but for me, I don't think in those terms."
Wright appears to have taken umbrage with the phrasing of the question?
"Thankfully, Carson demonstrated grace & class in response to this pompous, unprofessional mess," Wright tweeted. "I recognize you have made a living on childlike provocation but it needs to be called out. Don’t expect special access and good luck building rapport with the guys."
Wentz was, in fact, traded by two teams in two years, so it's probably accurate to say he was unwanted by Philly and Indy. Albeit maybe a harsh but direct way of saying it.
Wright jumped on Twitter to reprimand Abraham for his line of questioning, which is certainly one way to accept criticism.
Then Wright got into a protracted back-and-forth with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, another journalist, for questioning Wright's Twitter commentary.
"This is the problem with league- and team-owned media," Florio wrote. "The teams get used to puff and fluff, and they get upset by fair questions. They expect softballs in exchange for access. These are fair questions that someone who works directly for the team would never ask."
"You can honestly say, 'Philly didn’t want you, Indy didn’t want you' is an appropriate tone?" Wright responded. "We value giving extraordinary access to local media & Lord knows can’t avoid hard questions here. But disrespect should never be tolerated and we should defend our guys when it surfaces."
"It's a subjective question as to whether it's an appropriate tone," Florio wrote back. "But it's definitely what people are saying. Your concern would have been better handled privately. Complaints like these could have a chilling effect on others who are inclined to ask tough but fair questions."
"I think the tone is obvious," Wright replied. "Private conversations have been had and enough is enough. We’ve spent the last two years re-introducing ourselves and establishing a collaborative way of working with media. But being kind & values driven does not mean being a doormat."
"Some teams act like media outlets who get access to their players and coaches should be eternally grateful," Florio went on to write in a separate tweet. "But it's a two-way street. Teams get free promotion from every story that the access generates. The league was built on taking full advantage of this kind of exposure."
So, that's how the Commanders are starting their Friday.