There is quite a bit of buzz surrounding ESPN today, because apparently they were duped by someone named Sarah Phillips, who they hired to write a column for their site on sports betting. While ESPN thought she was a college student in her 20s who just happened to have a very firm knowledge of gambling and placing bets, some are now claiming she is nothing but a savvy Internet fraud.
While the question Who exactly is Sarah Phillips? seems highly debatable and confusing at best, it’s still kind of crazy that someone as big as ESPN is at the middle of the whole scandal. Read more…
Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase “chink in the armor.” He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism. Federico said he didn’t realize “chink” was a racist slur, certainly didn’t intend to use it that way, and had used the phrase “chink in the armor” a bunch of other times when referring to non-Asian players messing up their game. If you missed the giant-ass kerfluffle in the media, you must have been in a coma.
This Tuesday, Jeremy Lin took Frederico out to lunch to chat. ”It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule … He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.” Keep reading »
Earlier this week, xoJane’s sports blogger Daisy Barringer wrote a piece called “Do We Really Think That ESPN Headline Was Intentionally Racist?” In it, Daisy argued that the ESPN headline writer who penned the “Chink In The Armor” headline — after the Knicks lost on Saturday night — might have made an honest mistake when he used a racial slur for Asian-Americans in a story about the player Jeremy Lin. The writer, Anthony Frederico, has since been fired from ESPN; he maintains that he didn’t know “chink” was a racist slur and the incident was completely unintentional. He also has used the phrase “chink in the armor” in other headlines before when he wasn’t referring to Asian-Americans, suggesting that’s just a phrase he likes to use in headlines. So, Daisy gives him the benefit of the doubt because she claims she didn’t know until well into her 20s that “chink” was a racist slur, either.
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ESPN football announcer Ron Franklin was not allowed on-air this weekend after he allegedly called a female colleague, Jeannine Edwards, “sweetcakes” and then an “a-hole.”
Franklin, 68, supposedly made the sexist comments in a production meeting on Friday. Edwards reportedly tried to butt in on a conversation he was having with another announcer, so he shut her down and called her “sweetcakes.” When she told him that language was unacceptable, he replied “Okay then, a**hole.”
Maybe it sounded more badass in his head? Keep reading »
Cue the controversy and strike up the blogger debates. WNBA star Diana Taurasi appears naked on the cover of ESPN magazine’s annual body issue. The Phoenix Mercury guard/forward is one of a bevy of athletes posing in the buff with strategically placed athletic gear for the magazine; among Taurasi’s peers in the issue: tennis star Venus Williams, surfer and hottie Kelly Slater, and MMA fighter Gina Carano. In all likelihood, some critics will suggest the basketball player’s sexy and revealing cover is little more than sports-related sexploitation, but Taurasi says, “I am who I am — whether I have clothes on or off.” However it pans out, we’re happy to see a woman on a magazine cover flaunting her real body. [USA Today] Keep reading »