Lance Armstrong On Kornheiser: ‘Punkass Chump’

UPDATE: Audio of Kornheiser’s rant has now been posted on Youtube:


Lance Armstrong unleashed a stunning stream of vitriol to his 2,457,806 Twitter.com followers today directed at ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption host Tony Kornheiser in reference to comments the ESPN personality recently made on his daily ESPN radio show in D.C.:

Lance Armstrong rips Tony Kornheiser on Twitter

So what did Kornheiser say to make Armstrong so upset? The cyclist referenced the ESPN host’s March 11, 2009, show on ESPN 980 in DC. A show in which Kornheiser said this about cyclists: Read more…

Update On What Linda Cohn Didn’t Say About me

UPDATE: I’ve been told that Cohn actually said “time” and the interview was incorrectly transcribed. Much ado about nothing. My apologies to Linda, who has always been a cool lady. Should’ve known.

Jimmy Shapiro of SportsRadioInterviews.com tipped me off to an interview by ESPN’s Linda Cohn on 790 The Zone in Atlanta this morning that contained a comment I’m trying to decipher.

Linda Cohn ESPN SportsCenter

Cohn was asked if Tony Kornheiser’s comment about Hannah Storm would’ve been cause for an ESPN reprimand if blogs weren’t around to report it. Cohn:

“Well in Tony’s case he said it on his own radio program, so you can’t blame the internet or blogs or anything like that for what Tony did, which was wrong. I’m glad you brought it up - about that slime - there was an incident that happened to me that was kind of brushed under the rug for something that was said by someone that I worked with. And if there was internet maybe 7 or 8 years ago, it would have maybe been a bigger deal.

So I totally get what you are saying. The other thing is the wardrobe thing which I can speak to. I wrote about it in my book Cohn Head. This was about 6 years ago or something like that. I wore something on the air, I didn’t think it was a big deal. I wore black boots on the air, they were black. I wore a skirt that wasn’t flat, but apparently it was a little too short, and I wore a turtle neck top.

And it would have been a fine outfit anywhere else, but my boss called me into his office and said it’s a little too distracting; lose the boots. And that was handled with me, whether I liked it or not, it was handled in the right way by a boss calling me into his office.

The comment is just past the halfway mark of the interview. I’m guessing she was referring to me as “slime”, as I can’t imagine she’d call Tony that - especially in the wake of what just happened with Hannah.

But in the context of the conversation, it isn’t entirely clear.

Though if she did call me slime, it would be rather ironic.

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Why Is Kornheiser Still Doing ESPN Radio Show?

In my post this morning about Michael Wilbon’s reaction to Tony Kornheiser’s PTI suspension, I noted an interesting question posed Wilbon by former ESPNer Dan Patrick on his radio show. Patrick wondered why Kornheiser was suspended from the ESPN PTI show for two weeks but still allowed to do his ESPN-branded radio show in DC. The same show that is still being streamed live by ESPN corporate and where Kornheiser made the comments about Hannah Storm that got him suspended.

ESPN.com still hosting Tony Kornheiser's radio show despite suspension

(Kornheiser still doing “ESPN 980″ show on ESPN.com)

From what I learned from sources this morning, ESPN has no contractual or legal right to remove Kornheiser from his ESPN Radio show in DC. That particular radio station is owned by NFL Redskins Owner Dan Snyder, not ESPN.

I’ve also been told that ESPN never requested to ESPN 980 that Kornheiser be removed from the show during his PTI suspension, though ESPN corporate has told Kornheiser directly that he is no longer allowed to criticize any ESPN employee for any reason on any outlet, including his DC radio show.

There’s been plenty of chatter that ESPN’s severe suspension of Kornheiser wasn’t merely about his comments regarding Storm’s wardrobe. That there were other reasons involved that ESPN didn’t make public. Read more…

Wilbon Reax To Tony K. Suspension, “Bristol Culture”

Michael Wilbon guested this morning on the Dan Patrick Radio Show and gave his first on-the-record remarks about the two week-suspension of his PTI co-host Tony Kornheiser. (Kornheiser was suspended yesterday by ESPN for two weeks for comments he made about Hannah Storm’s clothes.)

Hannah Storm Boots Photo

On the show, Wilbon was asked why Kornheiser was suspended from PTI but not the ESPN radio show in D.C. where he made the comments that got him punished. (I have an email in to ESPN asking the same question.)

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ESPN Removes Kornheiser From PTI For 2 Weeks

*UPDATE*: ESPN announced that Tony Kornheiser has been suspended from PTI for two weeks. The statement from ESPN Executive Vice President of Content John Skipper:

“Tony Kornheiser’s comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. 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’s suspension is in effect for this week and next week.

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ESPN this morning announced that Tony Kornheiser has been suspended from PTI for comments he made last week about Hannah Storm.

Hannah Storm Tony Kornheiser

Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com reports that Kornheiser talked about the suspension on his ESPN Radio show in D.C. today (via Dan Levy):

“As a result of this, I have been sent to sidelines from PTI for a while and when I’m allowed back on PTI, I will happily go back because I love the PTI show and love all the people on the PTI show.

“I’ve said about 1,000 times, while doing radio in my life, the following sentence: 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. Beyond that, you can call me and ask me for comment. I’m not going to do it. It seems to me that, without any question, I broke the rules and this is the punishment that’s come.”

Last Friday Kornheiser apologized to Storm for remarks he made about the morning SportsCenter anchor’s clothes. At the time, ESPN Executive VP Norby Williamson said that he was “reviewing” the matter.

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Kornheiser Apologizes; ESPN Responds To SbB

ESPN issued a statement to me today about Tony Kornheiser’s recent comments about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe on ESPN Radio in D.C.. From Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production:

Hannah Storm Tony Kornheiser

“Hannah is a consummate professional and one of ESPN’s most respected voices. The comments were totally inappropriate, which Tony recognized. He apologized to Hannah and addressed it on his radio show. We are in the process of reviewing the entire situation. “

On his ESPN Radio show in D.C. today, Kornheiser noted that he called Storm yesterday and apologized for his comments.

Kornheiser on what he said to Storm:

I apologize unequivocally. … I was wrong. This is sort of what I do, and I’m sorry for it. … Not the first time and won’t be the last time but I apology for it this time.

After relating what he said to Storm, Kornheiser said she was “cordial” in her response to his apology. He also noted that Storm was sending a pair of boots that she wore on SportsCenter to the P.T.I. show to auction of for charity. (Great idea, actually.) Read more…

Will P.T.I. Save Kornheiser From ‘Hannah’ Storm?

Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com noted on-air comments made on ESPN Radio in D.C. this week by ESPN P.T.I. co-Host Tony Kornheiser about his ESPN colleague Hannah Storm:

Tony Kornheiser

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 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?

So Kornheiser carpet-bombed female ESPN colleague Storm with insults about her ESPN on-air appearance on his ESPN radio show in D.C. while she unknowingly went about her business 349 miles away in Bristol, CT.

I wouldn’t have believed it had I not heard it with my own ears.

What do his comments about Hannah Storm most tell us about Tony Kornheiser the man?

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In 2002, Kornheiser was suspended from his ESPN radio show and P.T.I. for slamming company management on-air. I asked a top-level ESPN talent today if he thought Kornheiser would face similar repercussions over his comments about ESPN co-worker Storm:

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Erin Andrews Vs. The World In Pages Of Playboy

It’s that time of year again: time to actually read PLAYBOY for the articles. That’s because, for the third time, the mag is letting you pick the sexiest sportscaster. They’ve narrowed down the choices to 30 and are letting you vote, so put those one-hand typing skills to good use and stuff the ballot box for your favorite.

Erin Andrews

Erin Andrews is listed first, so while the list might be in alphabetical order, it may as well be in order of the favorites too. Andrews took this competition in a landslide last year (Jill Arrington won it the first year), and if I were a betting man, I would consider taking Andrews over the field. Like the Bulls of the mid-90s, even if she’s not putting the best team on the court, her momentum is unstoppable. But there’s no such thing as a sure thing; let’s take a look at some of the women hoping to dethrone America’s Sideline Princess™. (And by “let’s take a look,” I mean “let’s post some pictures.”)

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Hannah Storm To Head Revamped SportsCenter

The latest comeback in sports now belongs to ESPN’s Hannah Storm.

Hannah Storm

Storm, who has been with THE EARLY SHOW on CBS, will join ESPN as part of a morning edition of SPORTSCENTER, her first sports assignment since leaving NBC’s sports department in 2002. Read more…