Tony Reali is a Certified Good Dude, so the next 300ish words shouldn't surprise you, but here we go:
The other day on his show "Around The Horn," Reali made a joke at the expense of Bears QB Mitch Trubisky. Reali said something to the degree of "not wanting to Trubisky" a throw he was about to make with a crumpled up paper ball. Pretty standard fare. Almost immediately – because, remember, Reali is a Certified Good Dude – the "ATH" host tweeted this out:
@Mtrubisky10 Hey Mitchell, Tony Reali here from ESPN. I would like to apologize for a line I just had at end of AroundTheHorn about inaccurate passes."I didn't want to Trubisky it" was the line. It was small of me. One of those, ‘what a moron I am' 2 secs after you say it moments— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) May 4, 2020
I recall you support the Thumbs Up Mission from cleats you wore for a game recently. Please know I will be paying my error & embarrassment forward in the form of a donation to them. Best to you and yours-again I am truly sorry. Tony Reali— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) May 4, 2020
Hope and laughter. Fighting for others.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) May 4, 2020
I found out about a wonderful organization today @ThumbsUpMission. You may have seen them on the cleats of Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky. Their mission is to fortify families who have a parent or child fighting cancer. For these families- pic.twitter.com/yiWUmA8nyx
hope and laughter is welcome. But like all those who fight a fight alongside someone else - it's about instilling the eternal spirit and perspective. We are lucky to have organizations like @ThumbsUpMission that do this so well.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) May 4, 2020
It's refreshing to see a prominent member of the media show a tiny bit of remorse for choosing quite literally the laziest insult possible, and a nice reminder that, hey, maybe that Trubisky joke you're sitting on isn't actually all that funny! Or new! In fact, it's definitely not new.
A sincere apology, a donation to charity – all's well that ends well. Although a Mitch Trubisky-Tony Reali Twitter war would have been something else.