ESPN punishes host for ‘sexist’ insult

The US sports presenter compared his female colleague's shirt to ‘sausage casing' as he accuses her of dressing too young...

A popular U.S. sports presenter has been suspended after criticising a female colleague live on air for ‘dressing too young’.

Talk radio hosts are paid big bucks to be provocative, but ESPN‘s Tony Kornheiser is the latest to land in hot water following his remarks about colleague Hannah Storm’s attire.

Hannah Storm is in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today,’ Kornheiser said on his ESPN Washington, D.C., radio show last week. ‘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. So she looks like she’s got sausage casing wrapped around her upper body. I know she’s very good, and I know I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people. But Hannah Storm today? Come on now. Stop. What are you doing? She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.’

While the mother-of-three laughed off the comments, Kornheiser’s bosses at the ESPN sports network failed to see the funny side. They slapped the ‘Pardon the Interruption’ co-host with a two-week suspension, and Kornheiser apologised personally to Storm and on-the-air.

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