The Flawed Morality Compass of ESPN

We mentioned yesterday in our links that Tony Kornheiser is serving two week suspension from PTI for his comments about Hannah Storm’s outfit.  I personally agree with Tony Kornheiser that Hannah Storm’s outfit was quite ugly, but she can wear them as well as any 47 year old.

We in the Bulldog Nation are quite familiar with notable personalities making gaffes about female clothing options on the radio. 

There is such hypocrisy here.  For one, if women want to be treated equally, then they should not be protected from comments such as these.  If Storm is going to work in an environment that is geared towards men, and is going to dress that tacky, then she needs to be prepared for the negative backlash as if she were a dude.  I am not saying that Storm is incapable at her job or that she deserves to be sexually harassed/stalked (Erin Andrews).  But if she wants to work in a man’s world, she needs to be treated like a man.  If a man said something outrageous about another man, there would be no fuss over it (Hannah Storm has to be given credit here also; she, at what I read last, had no comment.  Good for her to stay out of it).

For example, I have seen Tony Kornheiser wear some dog ugly stuff on his show.  Last week, he wore a hideous red Polo sweater-the kind with the HUGE pony.  If Cowherd or Scott Van Pelt said something mean about how tacky Kornheiser’s outfits look, and a 61 year old man needs to know better than to dress like a teenager, then I seriously doubt either one of them would have been disciplined. 

ESPN is just so full of crap.  They let some things slide, while dropping the hammer on other things.

Here are some of the most egregious examples off the top of my head of ESPN’s lack of common sense:

  • Not letting Herbstreit make his just for entertainment picks Saturday morning on the games he is going to call.  He is, however, more than able to do color on games that involve Ohio State.  Herbstreit played quarterback at Ohio State. Herbstreit lives in Columbus.   He also has a talk radio show in Columbus.  Don’t you think there would be a bigger conflict of interest in calling games that YOUR team is involved in than making stupid picks that involve your team?
  • However, during the Mike Leach controversy, ESPN had no problem letting friends/people close to the situation call the Alamo Bowl.  The ESPN ombudsman even said this was a faux pas.  
  • When Dan Patrick was working at ESPN, he hosted the Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio.  He also was the anchor for Sportscenter.  In the afternoon, he gave his opinions, while in the evenings he reported the news. Wasn’t there a potential conflict of interest there?
  •  The network hired Bobby Knight to be a color analyst.  Now, I like Coach Knight.  I liked him as a coach and I like his work on TV.  But come on!  He is an abusive SOB. 

Charles Barkley has said many more inappropriate things than what Tony Kornheiser said, yet TNT doesn’t get their proverbial panties in the proverbial wad.  Why does ESPN hold some things to such a high standard but obviously doesn’t hold other things against the same measuring stick?

Corbindawg

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11 Responses to “The Flawed Morality Compass of ESPN”


  1. 1 C. Thomas February 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Good lord! Who cares already? Man’s world, woman’s world. Blah Blah Blah.

    • 2 mikeinvaldosta February 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      I believe the true reason Tony K. landed in hot water for disparaging Chris Berman. In any event, he had previously be warned an suspended for losing control of his mouth.

      Frankly, I prefer this new Hannah Storm to the old buttoned up version. now if we can just get Chris McKendry to follow suit.

  2. 3 Bulldog Bry February 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Didn’t ESPN make Dan Patrick quit the Chris Rude/Lorna Luft radion show on 96Rock back in the early 90’s? They were getting ready to start their own radio thing and I believe that’s why Patrick could no longer do his daily or weekly thing for 96.

  3. 4 RedCrake February 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    And not that anybody affords him much credibility anyway, but having Lou Holtz pick ND, Arkansas, South Carolina games is a complete joke. If you wanna parade him out there as such, that’s fine…. but what does ESPN do, they celebrate Dr. Lou — the football genius.

  4. 5 BuyPropertyUcheeDawg February 24, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    whoa whoa whoa… I thought we were talking about Storm the wrastler…

  5. 6 DawginBama February 24, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Don’t lose sight of the first name of the channel: Entertainment and Sports Programming Network. That explains a lot. However, there is no defending Dr. Lou – either as entertainment or sports.

    • 7 Corbindawg February 25, 2010 at 8:13 am

      Oh I agree. But what gets my goat about ESPN is they are “Entertainment”, but then try to pass themselves off as serious journalist with their exposes, shows like “Outside the Lines” and others.

      They just can’t have it both ways.

      • 8 SkingleDawg February 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

        I couldn’t have said it better myself…and I can spot your posts anywhere Corbindawg

      • 9 Granite February 25, 2010 at 8:30 am

        Corbin, reading your first line there made me picture you in a Family Guy episode saying “You know what grinds my gears” and then going off on Olympic Bobsledding, all you can eat salad bars, and small dogs. But back to the point at hand, no matter what ESPN does we still watch and talk about them. They can fire or have anyone fired and the thirty people who read this blog will discuss it at length. Those tall buildings in Bristol didn’t build themselves, they know what they’re doing.

  6. 10 Corbindawg February 25, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Their production quality of the individual sports is outstanding, their play by play is for the most part as good as you will find, and their vast coverage of all sports is impressive. That is why they are number 1.

    They tow the line between entertainment (which is what Kornheiser is) and hard news. Their inconsistent decisions of discipline of their own air talent is what grinds my gears about the World Wide Leader.

    The Senator brought it up best: they hired Bobby Knight, but drug Mike Leach through the coals. What is the difference? Craig James. Its BS like that that grinds my gears.


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