Tony Kornheiser has been suspended by ESPN from Pardon The Interruption for "a few days," according to The Big Lead. The punishment is a result of comments he made on his radio show about SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm, which can be read in full at Sporting News.â†µ
But back to TBL, who got the scoop on the suspension, then promptly wrote one of the most ridiculous, contradictory posts you'll ever read. It begins ...
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?â†µ
If TBL thinks all female TV personalities should be dressed in pants suits, then fine. Misogynistic perhaps, but that's his right. But Kornheiser wasn't suspended for being wrong about Storm's outfits; he was suspended for publicly making personal attacks towards a co-worker.â†µ
But here's where it gets good. After stating that ESPN needs to force Storm to be more conservative in her dress, TBL writes ...â†µ
Furthermore, ESPN must loosen up. (We thought this problem had been solved over the last year – the network had come a long way from the early 00’s – but apparently not.) Why can’t it have its top talent – Bill Simmons, Tony Kornheiser, etc – making commentary about the media? Colin Cowherd opened his show today talking about Mike Wilbon’s silly take on Tiger. Is he going to be suspended next?â†µ
This Cowherd example would be germane had he followed up his criticism of Wilbon's take on Tiger by mocking Wilbon's weight. See, there's a difference between disagreeing with a co-worker's opinion, and mocking their appearance.â†µ
So, to recap: ESPN needs to loosen up, generally speaking, with the exception being how they allow their women folk to go into public. Then they must tighten up. Remember, kids: You can't be wrong if you take both sides of an argument.â†µ
UPDATE: Per John Ourand, ESPN has suspended Kornheiser for two weeks and said his comments were "entirely inappropriate" "hurtful" and "personal."