After making inappropriate comments about Sports centre anchor Hannah Storm, Tony Kornheiser is suspended by ESPN for two weeks from his TV show, Pardon the Interruption.During a taping of his Washington D.C. radio show on Monday, Kornheiser made Storm – and the outfit she wore to work – a topic of discussion.
Kornheiser made the comments on February 16: “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 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.”
ESPN immediately took action: According to the AP, John Skipper, ESPN’s vice president for content, said in a statement:
Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences. Tony has been suspended from PTI for two weeks. Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter.
Kornheiser responded Tuesday on his Washington D.C. radio program: “If you put a live microphone in front of somebody, eventually that person will say something wrong. This was one of the times I said something wrong.”
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