Malik Scott sends warning to ‘obnoxious’ Jamie Carragher after awkward Kate Abdo joke

Carragher made a crass joke at Abdo’s expense this month (Picture: Getty)

Former heavyweight boxer Malik Scott has warned he and the ‘obnoxious’ Jamie Carragher will have a ‘serious problem’ if he upsets his partner Kate Abdo again after their awkward on-air exchange earlier this month.

During CBS Sports’ coverage of the Champions League match between Arsenal and Porto, the Liverpool legend shocked viewers with a crude joke at Abdo’s expense on live television.

Carragher, wearing an Arsenal shirt in one segment, told Abdo and fellow pundit Thierry Henry they would have to wear the shirt next, with Abdo declaring she is ‘loyal to Manchester United thank you very much’.

Carragher then remarked ‘not to Malik’ – a comment that stunned and silenced his co-stars.

The British presenter recently confirmed she is in a relationship with retired boxer Scott, the current trainer of former world champion Deontay Wilder.

Abdo drew a line under the incident in an impressive speech at the start of a CBS broadcast the following day, suggesting Carragher had gone ‘too far’ but had also apologised.

Scott, who retired from the ring in 2016, has now hit back at Carragher’s comments. The American, who says he plans to marry Abdo, says the comments ‘irritated’ his partner, warning that if it happens again, he will ‘show up in a physical manner so we can talk like men’.

Kate Abdo and Jamie Carragher

Carragher’s comment irritated Abdo and stunned his co-stars (PicturE: CBS)

‘It’s not that she’s one of the best sports broadcasters, she’s one of the best human beings I’ve come across in this life,’ Scott told Lord Ping.

‘I’m very much in love with her and I plan on marrying her, so the thing that happened with Jamie, it’s a part of the job, but it’s not the first time he’s said something out the way like that, but it’s the first time he said something in reference to possibly disturbing a household or disturbing a couples chemistry.

‘It was a very minute thing, but her being irritated by it a little bit is what really got to me. Him just saying it and being that guy who always makes those picking at you jokes wasn’t really a big deal to me at all. It’s only a big deal if Kate is upset. If Kate gets upset then it’s a really big deal to me and I’ll give him a call and if he doesn’t pick up my call, then I’ll show up in a physical manner so we can talk like men, so that’s not something you should continue to do.

Kate Abdo and Malik Scott

Abdo and Scott recently went public (Picture: @kateabdo)

‘But I think Jamie apologised, not just to Kate but to the team, and one thing you can’t do is knock a man who admits he was wrong. In that regard I have high respect for him.’

He continued: ‘As long as Kate is happy, I have no problem. Now if he makes Kate upset then I have a serious problem and he’ll get a call from me, and if he doesn’t pick up my call I’ll show up in a physical manner for him.’

Scott acknowledged the ‘banter’ between Abdo, Carragher and fellow hosts Henry and Micah Richards is part of the job and is what makes CBS’s Champions League coverage so unique.

While Scott says he respects Carragher for fronting up and saying sorry, he warned he would have ‘caught a flight’ to deal with the ‘disrespect’ had one not been forthcoming after ‘disrupting the chemistry’ of the show.  

‘Jamie Carragher’s – what’s the word – obnoxiousness and his lack of knowing how to read the room works sometimes, that time it just didn’t work. But sometimes it works and it plays off into a good joke, then someone else on the panel will play off that and it rolls off good on camera. But that wasn’t a good one Jamie, so you have to watch it really from now on because once Kate gets irritated, I get irritated and it makes me want to show up.

‘Kate is surrounded by good men in her job, when it comes to banter they go back and forth a lot and the show does incredible numbers, not just because they’re covering an incredible sport but because of the chemistry those guys share on the panel together.

‘But when that chemistry is disturbed by someone taking a shot at a woman and her relationship in a joking manner, it can come across as a bit rude, it can come across as a bit obnoxious, it can definitely come across as a bit disrespectful to that lady and her partner.

‘Jamie’s joke wasn’t taken lightly, Kate was irritated, so obviously that makes me irritated, but any man that apologises to whoever he crossed – you can’t go too hard on him. If he didn’t apologise and just said “I said what I said so what” then that’s a huge problem, I would have caught a flight because Kate is my lady and would not allow her to be disrespected.’

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