Of all the statements to get you suspended for multiple weeks, this has got to be one of the tamest. ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser was suspended for two weeks after making his opinions known on how SportsCenter morning anchor Hannah Storm dresses. Brace yourselves for this extremely offensive remark:
“Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now. She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”
To me this is not even worth a suspension. Maybe a private apology to Mrs. Storm is she did indeed take offense. But really, ESPN? This is worth two weeks? It’s not sexual harassment, it’s not a sexist or misogynistic remark, it is just Kornheiser giving an honest opinion on her choice of attire in a professional workplace on live television.
I’m just glad Colin Cowherd can purposely shut down the website I happened to link to in this post (The Big Lead), and also plagiarize from the now-defunct blog The M Zone, yet come away virtually unscathed. But when Kornheiser says something about Hannah Storm’s clothing then the banhammer is coming!
To use a non-ESPN example, Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist*. No suspension. Yet Kornheiser is suspended for this. Sure these are two totally different networks serving different purposes but is there not something wrong with this?
ESPN has had their history of sexual harassment involving Harold Reynolds and Steve Phillips, but how does this even rank? This is a massive overreaction from the network execs to make this decision.
But what’s done is done and Kornheiser will have to riff on other things from now on. Enjoy your PTI vacation as I ignore Dan LeBatard for an astonishing 8 consecutive days.
* – I know I used a political reference to expand on my point about the crazy statements that do and do not get you suspended in media, and it was the first thing that popped into my head. Don’t read too much into it and watch what you say because I will remove any idiotic comments pertaining specifically to said reference.