Posted March 22, 2013

Patriots’ Vince Wilfork rips ex-teammate for calling wife ugly

NFL

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfolk is listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 325 pounds. Ex-teammate Ted Johnson may want to think about that the next time he speaks ill about Wilfork’s wife.

Johnson apologized Friday after answering who he thought had the ugliest wife on the team on a radio broadcast.

“This is a big, big man and this guy had his way with the Texans this season,” Johnson replied. “He won’t hear this. Vince Wilfork.”

Wilfork then tweeted a response to Johnson’s comments, as reported by USA Today.

Every1 is entitled to their own opinion but it is [expletive] up when a x-teammate that I actually looked up to and enjoyed playing with takes shots at my wife for whatever reasons. I love my wife and my family. She is my everything. I don’t care when this was said no one should cross that line. The line has been crossed so it is what it is. All I wann say is [expletive] you! you don’t want to [expletive] with me or my family take shots at me all day but not them I have a great family life and blessed to have them.

Wilfork’s wife, Bianca, later posted her own message.


56 comments
Stan8
Stan8

I don't know why you'd run a story like this without a picture of his wife, but she's gross.

JackTaylor
JackTaylor

what a classless guy, you never say stuff like that, even if it's true. Didn't all our mamas teach us that if you don't have anything good to say about someone say nothing at all. 

ArtFaucett
ArtFaucett

Uh, have you seen her? She looks like a brick wall.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

I am surprised at all the negative emotion over a ' shock jock' baiting. The only thing wrong with Johnson's comment is he said it on the air. Privately, it's pretty funny because it's common locker room talk. It's razzing. ' Your wife is so ugly that....' has been going on forever. I can't believe that posters on a sports forum would waste their time to pass judgment on someone else's black humor. The greatest American humor has always been based upon sacrilege - topics that are taboo and not PC.

CharlesEdwards
CharlesEdwards

As my interest in sports waned a bit as I have aged, I have no prior knowledge of any of the three involved here but just looking at what was said have come to several conclusions.  1)  Whoever the radio host was that started the whole thing should at the very least be given a stern lecture on proper questions to be asked and a few unpaid days off to think about it  2) Johnson is an idiot to be drawn in like that.  A more proper answer would have been to tell his host that he did not answer insensitive questions.  3)  With Wilfork's attitude toward his family and defending them, I would love to shake that man's hand and stress to him haw refreshing an 'old school' attitude like that is.  4)  As I opened, never seen or heard of any of these people, but just basing it on her answer, Mrs. Willfork is one classy lady that has more beauty than the majority of the population.  She has more class in her little finger nail than a whole city full of Johnsons or radio announcers.

luna1
luna1

Johnson is a fool.  You never make personal remarks about a teammate or co-worker, even if you are no longer on the same team.  Its just low class.  The question was low class too.  Questions like that should not have been allowed on air.  Don't these stupid radio stations screen these things?

thomas6404
thomas6404

johnson  is a low life - GO VINCE!!!!!!

cmcne
cmcne

 RE: the comment below re: Ted Johnson saying he has early-onset Alzheimer's- you should have blamed your comment on your latest ailment (pathetic)...........I guess we shouldnt be surprised as he beats his wife, serious addiction to drugs and sought the electric shock treatment  for his depression .

 

HE IS A TOOL!  Houston really, is he the best you can do?  

cmcne
cmcne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lets not forget the character or lack of character Ted Johnson has...........he is a struggling EX-athlete, 

 domestic abuse incident with his wife or ex-wife, drug addict, mental instability - how many antidepressants does he take ? He is a washed up, pathetic excuse of man and lack no character or cooth........and instead of making comments about another mans wife....has he looked at the size of his his own head, its enormous??? or will he tell us its because of all his concussions?.  Ted Johnson You are a wash-up - and a huge tool!!!  Wilfork We love YOU and your wife !!!!! 

joshua.pritchett
joshua.pritchett

I think his wife and family are cool as hell.  They usually show her in the stands with some of her relatives during the home games and she is cheering the Pats on hard.  Low blow by Ted Johnson.  Now everybody is gonna remember him as the guy who put his foot in his mouth.

David102
David102

Ted Johnson, you didn't need early-onset Alzheimer's to be a dope. Wonder how your wife will like it in a few years when old Patriots players laugh about their "most brain-damaged teammate."

joeshine730
joeshine730

If Wilforks' wife is ugly as hell just deal with it and move on. There are lots of ugly woman out there no big deal.

PennyCillin
PennyCillin

Zero mention of the radio employee who ASKED such an insulting, degrading and cruel question.  What is his name, his boss' name, and their Twitters, emails and phone numbers?  The radio employee must explain what is even remotely appropriate about trapping an un-warned athlete into publically judging which former team member has the "ugliest wife."  Instead of, you know, talking football or any subject less offensive.  Of course Johnson should have refused to answer, then shamed the asker for even imagining such a hurtful question in a public forum.

 

Would radio guy have asked the same question had any football wives and their athlete husbands been in the same room?  No way.  Any question failing this test also fails the adult-behavior test and should never be broadcast.  Did radio guy first run this insult past anyone at all, just to see if it might be received as heinously un-funny and genuinely hurtful?  If so, and if those reviewers thought it would be hilarious, their names, Twitters and emails must be published as well.  Was the broadcast aired live?  If not, why was this not edited out before airplay?

 

Cruelty of this caliber is normally reserved for playgrounds.  What hurts most of all is that this doesn't hurt just the private woman publically judged as "ugliest of all."  Her children WILL read and hear their mother publically shamed, over and over, and forever, as that's how the Internet works; regrets can never be erased from this permanent digital archive.  When other kids in their school hear of this, you can bet the Wilfork children will be mercilessly bullied because of it.

 

Would radio guy or Johnson think it funny if THEIR mothers were publically degraded this way?  What child would not be outraged at such public ugliness aimed directly at the most cherished woman in their lives?  Would they publically degrade a sensitive teenage daughter like this; by calling her the "ugliest of all" like a slab of meat with no value?  Both of these "men" owe the Wilfork children an explanation and profound apology.  Both must be educated on the very real hurt caused by callous men disrespecting innocent women this way.

 

When I saw the Wilfork family photo, I was struck at how beautiful, happy and loving they all appeared; a family so blessed and lucky to be together; to support and protect each other against REAL ugliness from the cold hearts of shallow men.

TORI1
TORI1

First I musty say that until I read the article about Ted Johnson putting his foot in mouth when he joined a Houston area radio station and called Vince Wilfork's wife, Bianca, ugly.  I had no idea who any of these people were. So I like a lot of other people looked it up.  And what I found was a beautiful family a wife who loves her husband and children who does a lot of charity work.. A husband who also loves his family above all else.  And I think this is a beautiful family. I imagine where ever they go there will be people who will always want what they share together.  I am now a van of Vince and Bianca Wilfork. Bianca in my book you are a beautiful person inside and out.

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

Is there any other site but profootballtalk.com that features otherwise unemployed writers who steal all their material from other sites? Of course, I could never post this comment there because it is the most heavily censored site on the internet. NBC is a dying network because it features such unimaginative material like that site to promote its fourth place - and sliding - agenda.

yardpenalty.com
yardpenalty.com

Who the f#@! is TEd Johnson anyways? A career back up thats who!

Kristian
Kristian

I don't care if Vince Wolfork is 125 pounds.  You just don't say sh1t like that about somebody's wife.

Ball_or_Nuthin
Ball_or_Nuthin

Dang...sometimes you gotta learn not to answer "setup questions" like that...

6marK6
6marK6

Johnson is one of those guys that has to have attention and that always leads to someone shooting off their mouth when they should have shut the F up!

Ok terry
Ok terry

who is the dumbest person on the team, Duh that would have to be me because I just p$$ed off a 325LB monster

donald5
donald5

Sad thing is, Ted Johnson has talked about showing early signs of Alzheimers at 40. 

Luke'g-spiel'Keun
Luke'g-spiel'Keun

I think they make a great looking couple, actually... I can't believe he andwered that question! You'd think he'd have learned not to answer stuff like that; like when a woman asks if she looks fat in dress... you just don't...

PSWE2013
PSWE2013

Why is it that some people think that every question deserves a response? Smart on the field but dumb in life is nothing to write home about. BIG-UPS to #75...

TA1
TA1

If that is ugly, I'm in trouble...

Ralph8
Ralph8

I'd be all over the idiot DJ who even asked that question. How old is this ninja? 12? Who's the ugliest wife? It's your moms, you clown! They say DJ's have great faces for Radio.... Ask your dad that question, if you know who he is. What does that have to do with Football? Man, I am not a Pats fan by a mile but talk about a man's family and ninjas get DEALT like some cards....

Props to Wolfork for AND his LOVELY, CONFIDENT AND INTELLIGENT WIFE for: A) Taking the high road and B) Repping family in this day and age when children look up to tramps and promiscuous men/women/whatever as role models. And............ I'M OUT!

rupesh.kunwar
rupesh.kunwar

who the hell is the radio show host that asks dumb azz questions like that and who da hell is dis dumbazz who answered back? wilfork should just fork dem both

rjl8125
rjl8125

I don't care who you are, a real man never says something negative about another man's wife. Ever. You got something to say to someone? Do it man to man, face to face. Attacking somebody's wife is the height of cowardice. 

Reedster2185
Reedster2185

Maybe Gisselle, the Patriot sposkesperson, will speak out in the media about this horrible question and answer

Carndog
Carndog

It was stupid to answer that question, but what kind of moron asks a question like that anyway?

wingzm
wingzm

No need to apologize Ted, I've seen her.

Azeron
Azeron

 @PennyCillin In the end, Ifound a new person to follow on Twitter.  Clearly, there are superficial people all over the world.  When they make statements like this it affords us the opportunity to make a note of them and ignore them completely going forward.

inetadv
inetadv

 @yardpenalty.com 

Absolutely no defense of Ted's comment here, BUT he is definitely NOT a 'career backup'. He WAS a KEY cog on the Pats' three SB winning teams (back when they HAD a fearsome defense that made Brady's efforts stand up for the big WIN) - a ferocious starting inside 'backer who absolutely STUFFED the run, ironically lining up right behind the big man, Wilfork, who tied up linemen so Ted could clean up. The two WERE good friends - as Vince said he 'used to look up to him'. Ted was a veteran stud holdover from the Parcells days when Wilfork joined the team as a rookie.

 

There's no question Ted was an @ss, and incredibly stupid, for saying this, but know what you're talking about before you post! For whatever reason, Ted thought that this comment in Houston wouldn't find its way back to Vince. Now he has a lot of 'splainin' to do, especially at future Pats alum affairs. This is a byproduct of the culture today - where 'shockjocks' dominate ratings with stupid subject matter, and otherwise respectable individuals are lulled into letting thoughtless comments slip. AND we have multiple 'anonymous' means of posting vicious and hurtful things, b/c we're not actually facing the people we're talking to.

 

Civility is getting lost in this online and media driven world of talking heads and anonymous comments, in a way that face-to-face interpersonal contact used to moderate. Hopefully society swings back eventually from its dependence on text messaging and tweeting as a form of 'communicating'!

Azeron
Azeron

 @PSWE2013 Speak!  And going forward, I will never care what a good player Johnson was, but will always remember what a shallow, insensitive jerk he is.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@rupesh.kunwar Anyone who uses dis and da isn't in a position to call anyone out.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @rjl8125

 It's not classy, but my top 50 cowardly things are definitely different than yours...

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @rjl8125

 It was obviously meant as a misinterpreted joke. The problem occurred because there is some truth in it. If he had said ' Tom Brady', everyone would have understood the joke.

BillPeterson
BillPeterson

 @wingzm If her face is falling off from leprosy, he still needed to apologize. There's no need for that kind of garbage. 

Azeron
Azeron

 @inetadv  @yardpenalty.com "There's no question Ted was an @ss, and incredibly stupid, for saying this..."

 

Period.  End of story.  The remainder of your post is irrelevant.  Football really isn't important in the greater scheme.

Azeron
Azeron

 @RayIsBipolar I disagree.  The fact that even someone who uses dis and da has enough common sense and decency to bash this type of behavior and thought should speak for itself.

PennyCillin
PennyCillin

 @JackWilliams  

 

With guys they know, actual friends, men have always traded light-hearted jokes about their manly-ugly in bars, locker rooms and even talk radio, such as:  "Your face is SO ugly, the only dermatologist who'd take your case was a mail-order graduate of veterinary proctology."

 

It's all in fun, with even a bit of competition, when buddies trade barbs to see who delivers the wildest or most funny.  It IS joking, it is NOT serious.  Guys joke WITH guy FRIENDS about "ugly" and not behind their back in public.  If they would never say it to someone's face, it is NOT a joke.  They would NEVER had told this woman and mother to her face that she was the ugliest wife on the team.  That's why this was NOT a joke.

 

Further, the difference in this case is they insulted a woman, not a man.  They publicly insulted the mother of this man's children, when she was not in the same room to reply.  They publicly insulted a man who was not in the room to defend his wife. 

 

Had radio guy said, to Ted's face, that Ted was the ugliest former player of the team, THAT would have been a joke.  Like you said, if football dude had answered "Tom Brady" THAT would have been a joke.  Instead, they chose a real-life woman who is not a supermodel, but is a beautiful, sweet and loving woman, wife and mother. The joke was NOT misinterpreted by listeners; and you know damn good and well it wasn't.

wingzm
wingzm

@BillPeterson

He did not make any disparaging comments about her as a mother, wife or person.    

 

He was asked his opinion on a question that shouldn’t have been asked and answered without thinking. 

 

Sorry, but not all women or babies are beautiful.  

 

inetadv
inetadv

 @Azeron  @inetadv  @yardpenalty.com 

Obviously you didn't catch the point of my post. As I made clear right at the start, I was NOT defending Ted J in ANY way, and was quite surprised by his comment in light of his past relationship with Vince.

 

BUT I was pointing out Yardpenalty's absolute ignorance regarding WHO Johnson was. He most definitely was not, "A career backup that's who!"  In fact, he retired unexpectedly as a STARTER from a defending SB champion. I was providing some info on WHO Johnson was to someone who obviously lacked it.

 

I ALSO was commenting on the sad state of CIVILITY in current society, another part of my post that was obviously lost on you!

 

As for your reply, thank you so much for your definitive moralizing judgment. Do you feel better now? Perhaps you will once you dismount from your high horse.

 

My POST is perhaps AS irrelevant to you, as YOU are to me. I don't recall ANYONE on this thread (myself included) who claimed football was "important in the greater scheme." But we are ALL commenting on a SPORTS website, aren't we; why are you wasting your time on something so 'unimportant'.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @Azeron  @wingzm  @BillPeterson what if everyone would stop being so damn sensitive all the time, then the world would be a better place. If you know your wife is beautiful inside and out, who cares what anyone thinks or says. Quit worrying about the stupid things other people say, and let it go away. The reason people make these stupid azz comments is for this exact reason, to get everyone to say their name. Don't feed into by reacting, whether you are Donovan, Vince, Me, or Joe Blow on the street. As my old man used to say money talks, bs walks, and anyone saying dumb shiz like this (Johnson) is bsing or stupid. Let them be, and God, Evolution or Karma will eventually take them out of the gene pool for you

Azeron
Azeron

 @wingzm  @BillPeterson No they're not, but a simple no comment would have sufficed and been well served.  If Terrell Owens had understood this, he never would have left the Eagles for answering (honestly and correctly, I believe) that Brett Favre was a better QB than Donovan McNabb.  Was it true?  Yes.  Was it his place to confirm it?  No.  If more athletes would only take note.  Hell, if more people in general would do so, the world would be better off.

JonathanWoyke
JonathanWoyke

 @wingzm  @BillPeterson

 still not something you say out loud in an interview especially about a fomer team mate. and calling her ugly is not disparraging about person? hm..

anyway its a classless thing to do period, he knows it otherwise he wouldnt have apologized.