Working from home has its advantages. You can work in your bed sometimes! All your food is right there if you need to eat something. And the commute, buddy, the commute is a breeze.
But there are downsides to not having a true office to visit. Distractions are everywhere, and sometimes you just can’t get the peace and quiet you need to get the job done. That was certainly the case for Ian Rapoport on Wednesday, as the NFL Network contributor appeared on air to talk about Dez Bryant signing with the New Orleans Saints.
Bryant’s signing is big news for a team that hopes to make a Super Bowl run this year, and Rapoport had followed Bryant’s free agency in earnest. But when he tried to give his report during an NFL Network roundtable, he looked … distracted. That’s because his son, Jude, was home sick from school. So when a remote control appeared on screen and Rapoport looked away from the camera, well, we knew something fun was about to happen.
Rapoport posted the clip on Twitter after it aired, and it’s quite wonderful. The panel starts laughing and praises him for being a good dad. To his credit, Rapoport stops and takes care of his son before finishing his thought. Jude sits on Ian’s lap, sticking his tongue out at the camera while his dad talks about how great a fit Bryant will be in the Saints offense.
Rapoport explains that Jude is home sick from school, which is too bad, but it was a really fun moment during an ordinary football segment and everyone at NFL Network seems to have enjoyed the brief departure from the script. As many pointed out, the clip is very reminiscent of a BBC interview that was interrupted by a child barging in that went viral in 2017.
You have to admit Rapoport handled the interruption about as well as you could. That’s a true pro move: Adapting to your work-from-home situation and still getting the job done. You never know what will happen, but when you’re on the clock, duty calls.