Rick Reilly has painfully awkward exchange with Justin Thomas
Rick Reilly has a long and distinguished history of striking out with some of his attempts at humor, and things were no different for the renowned sportswriter at the Ryder Cup on Wednesday.
Reilly decided to crack what he clearly felt would be a funny joke when Justin Thomas was answering questions, and he asked the 25-year-old how much “shame” he feels with having his father be a sportswriter. Thomas clearly didn’t get it.
Wildly entertaining awkward moment when Rick Reilly asked Justin Thomas about his dad, who is definitely not a sportswriter. pic.twitter.com/LOoXSVlGYF
— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) September 26, 2018
Thomas comes from a long line of fantastic golfers, as his grandfather played professionally and his father, Mike, has been the head pro at Harmony Landing Country Club in Kentucky for nearly 30 years. What Reilly was likely referring to is Mike Thomas serving as a guest writer for the Courier Journal during the Ryder Cup, but the joke flew over Justin’s and everyone else’s head.
Coming from a guy who has been known to steal jokes in the past, we’re not surprised Reilly heard crickets.