Below Deck’s Mathew Shea Shades Captain Sandy Yawn as a “TV Captain,” and Alleges She Only Works 6 Weeks When Show is Filming, Plus Claps Back at Claims of Faking Knee Injury

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Below Deck’s Mathew Shea Shades Sandy as “TV Captain” & Alleges She Only Works When Show is Filming, Plus Claps Back at Claims of Faking Knee Injury

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Chef Mathew Shea threw major shade at his former boss Captain Sandy Yawn. He suggested she’s not a “real captain” but a “tv captain,” who works only six weeks a year while Below Deck Mediterranean “is filming.”

The alum also claimed that Captain Sandy is “always” accompanied by “qualified captains” off-camera.

On July 11, alum Katie Flood posted a question to her fans: “Okay for real guys, Below Deck Mediterranean or Sailing? Comment below ⬇️.”

Chef Matthew wrote his own comment, comparing Captain Glenn Shephard to Captain Sandy.

“Sailing,” he answered, via Heavy. “Because Glenn’s a real captain not just a tv captain.” The alum then clapped back at a fan who claimed Mathew faked his knee injury to leave the ship in a previous season.

Mathew responded, “[My] knees good! I’ve sailed across the Atlantic with Glenn. Sandy works 6 weeks a year on a boat only while show is filming and there’s always qualified captains off camera in the bridge with her.”

Back in season six, Mathew first reacted to accusations of faking the injury. At the time, he said it “wasn’t a complete fake,” and he told Bravo TV he was forced to ice it in the evening and also wear a brace.

“I was in pain,” he explained. “I was putting more weight on the other leg when I went down the stairs.”

During the reunion, Mathew addressed his time on the show, saying, “I regret the bad moments I have, but I think I am a good employee and I think Captain Sandy is one of the worst captains I’ve ever worked with in my 15 years on boats.”