ESPN anchors seem to get suspended and fired so often that it probably wouldn’t warrant a post here even if there was a religion angle. But the religion hook on Tony Kornheiser’s suspension is too unique to pass up.
Kornheiser, the Jewish half of “Pardon the Interruption,” has been given a brief suspension for comments he made regarding Sportscenter anchor Hannah Storm’s wardrobe:
“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 47.] “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.”
In a follow-up post today, The Big Lead sided with Kornheiser, again referencing religious attire:
We’ll be brief: Silly suspension. Storm’s Sportscenter wardrobe for nearly two years has been embarrassing. Male anchors are dressed in suits; Storm frequently wears outfits that you might see on a cougar at a bar. Is she going dancing or talking about the Kentucky Wildcats? Erin Andrews has cleaned up her sartorial act on the sidelines. Is it too much to ask Storm to do the same?
Nobody expects Storm to be covered in burka, but ...
Andrews, of course, looks respectable in any outfit and is, according to the Greenbergs, the best female reporter in sports. Read the rest here.