Former NHL defenseman and current ESPN hockey commentator PK Subban has been called out for making a mean joke while talking about Toronto’s disappointing loss to Florida in Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. On Tuesday, May 2, the Maple Leafs lost 4-2 at home to the Panthers.

The host of ESPN’s postgame analysis, John Buccigross, said that Toronto should “pack a lunch” after their disappointing loss to have more energy for Thursday, May 4, which was a very important Game 2. Even though PK Subban agreed with Buccigross’s point of view, Page Six says that the 2013 Norris Trophy winner made a rude joke about the plus-size rapper, Lizzo.


“Subban should not be on ESPN as an analyst”

PK Subban

PK Subban has kept his focus on hockey even after he broke up with his ex-girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn.

Maybe they need to pack a Lizzo-sized lunch. They weren’t prepared in my opinion,

according to Page Six.

On Twitter, many people have responded to Subban’s statement. One person wrote,

Subban should not be on ESPN as an analyst. He’s absolutely awful.

Another person wrote,

Well PK, it was nice while it lasted. There goes his TV time.

Another person tweeted in response,

The disgusting people enjoying PK Subban’s comment about Lizzo are exactly WHY he should have kept his mouth shut.

The tweet continued,

I’ve been a PK fan and supporter from day one – but his recent comments on Pride and now this? I don’t see him the same way anymore. This is not okay.

A fourth person tweeted,

Sis Pk Subban really just say ‘Lizzo sized lunch?’ That’s… not acceptable. That’s fatphobic.


“People have been calling me fat my entire life”

The singer of “Good as Hell” is a well-known supporter of body positivity and the plus-size community. She recently talked about how people’s views of her body have affected her career.

Lizzo said,

People have been calling me fat my entire life, but that was the first time seeing an insult of how I looked, who I am, and my music wrapped into one, and it really hurt me,

according to Vanity Fair.

Lizzo added,

And if one person says it, then another person says it, it multiplies like a f*****g virus. If enough people on the internet start echoing sentiments about you, it becomes part of your public persona and it’s out of your control.

But even people other than online trolls have tried to shame the Grammy winner about her body. Lizzo confronted celebrities like Aries Spears and Kanye West in 2022 for making inappropriate comments about her weight.