The recent decision to discipline Stephen A. Smith is misguided! While I'm not a fan of Stephen A., shutting down honest dialogue is a huge mistake. Obviously there is never an excuse for domestic violence and it should never go unpunished but to ignore the fact that everyone has a breaking point is just plain foolish! Knee jerk reactions like Michelle Beadle's and ESPN's just reinforce the notion that they really don't believe in solving the problem with honest conversation!?
I have nothing but the utmost respect for you and that will never change. In the society we live in people's thoughts and judgment are absolutely obscured and misguided. A man of your intelligence and knowledge shouldn't be censored or silenced by absolute truths. The comments you made were spot on and to the point. I never imagined in a million life times that the fallout from your home run/grandslam factual statements would be met with such dismay and controversy. Your retraction and apology wasn't warranted, but from a business standpoint I understand why you did what you did. There are lots of people who don't necessarily understand nor have experienced situations with the opposite sex for them to pass judgment and crucify you for your first hand or passed on knowledge. I completely understand what you were trying to say and in no way were you condoning domestic violence. They have never took part in a confrontation with an antagonistic female who knows what buttons to push or one who intentionally instigates and goes out of they're way to push the " tilt button " on men. They have never come across a woman who verbally assaults a man who is using and mustering up every bit of self control from becoming a man he is not. They have never come across a woman who is invading your personal space with a tirade that includes hateful and spiteful words with saliva misting on your face. They have never come across a woman that a man is trying to comfort and diffuse yet the woman is striking or poking the man into submission. The man uses every bit of self control until his mindset loses its equilibrium. At what point can a man or woman lose what's most important? We live in a cynical world and still here we are in the 21st Century and men still lose. White, Black, Asian, Hispanic and everything in between has blinders on. Domestic Violence is a serious issue around the globe but in the same aspect people need to differentiate between violence and self defense. No apology or retraction was necessary. I look forward to your reply at [email protected]
becaue of the recent decision by espn to wade into the ridiculous controversy about the Washington Redskins, and the announcers being given the right to not use the redskins name during games, our family will not purchase espn if it is included in a cable package. Changing the Redskins name and its protest is an empty meaningless statement that does NOTHING to truly help Native Americans and the poverty in which they live. ESPN has jumped on a liberal bandwagon of psedo Civil Rights censorship that I find appalliing, being a registered Liberal Democrat myself for 39 years.
Who can get those idiots who talk during actual play at US Open (& Wimbledon etc) to shut up? Does no one else care that they love the sound of their own voices so much they talk during actual play? I always thought they had to be quiet during play (good manners) but I guess that idea died a sad death! :0(
ESPNYou are a sports network not a social organization. I will not watch your programming if you continue with the "We have to change the way men are raised" stuff. Let the legal system run its course. And that is good advice for the NFL too. And why just men? I saw an article this morning where a man said he would not repeat the behavior of his abusive mother? HUMMMMMM?>
What the Hell is wrong with you Ppl The Chargers have been way more impressive then the Cowboys.An yet I wake up to First take every morning talking about sum Dam Cowboys...This is bullshit
Marisa Martin, who is an official blogger for ESPN needs to be FIRED and never allowed to work in the industry again. Her comments this morning regarding the shooting at Florida State;"maybe the shooter was looking for Jameis Winston" is so wrong and out of place in so many ways that it is unbelievable! I hope appropriate action is taken and this idiot hack is taken care of.
I will not watch espn until ray lewis the murderer is fired!!!
Please reconsider your relatively short suspension of Keith olbermann. For him to cowardly utilize social media to bully an entire student body is disrespectful. Have him pony up some of his overpaid salary to the cause. I donate to YOUR Jimmy V cause, and have watched special segments on YOUR Stuart Scott and YOUR Robin Roberts.
Please get off of the John Calipari love. He's a crooked coach who doesn't care about rules or graduation rates. Every program he has coached at, he has left on probation. When will ESPN learn? It makes you guys look like fools when you drool over him.
On your show 'First Take' Stephen A. Smith used your network to make race-baiting comments. With all of the serious race issues facing our nation to have one of your employee's dream-up a non-existing race problem is wrong. Your network should be above this type rhetoric. I urge you fire him immediately. I will never again watch ESPN while Stephen A. Smith is an employee of ESPN. I will urge my family and friends to do the same. I will start tonight by not watching 'Around the Horn' and 'Pardon the Interruption'. These are my favorite 2 shows that I have watch for years but I will give them up until you do the right thing.
I'm watching Oregon play Arizona. Listening to Bill Walton is the hardest thing I've had to do in a long time. He's so annoying because he's so know-it-all and argumentative. Great player, lousy announcer.
People of Cleveland are tired of hearing about Dan LeBatard and his Loud Mouth old man completely Disrespect the City and call it Stupid as well as call LeBron James Stupid for being from Cleveland and getting away with the Very Sexist and Sometimes Very Racial remarks and some how it is looked at as Cute when all it is, is Rude and Ignorant and nothing is done. If people on other networks were to make any of these statements, they would be fired Immediately. It is ok to taunt Cleveland when LeBron is a member of the Heat but the city of Cleveland and LeBron is Stupid when he is a Cavalier. Then on 3/24/15, they show a rabbit being hunted by a bird and a little girl is watching. That is Sick and Screwed up. People are going to try any way Possible to have this show stopped or be Respectful.
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I am waiting for some espn television commentator to discuss openly the glaring situation in the Final Four where Wisconsin was the only " white " team and still almost pulled it off but for the bad call in the end where Justise Winslow actually tipped the ball out. That and Sam Dekker's poor shooting were the undoing of the Badgers. To have come so far in a time when the physical superiority of black men in speed sports is proven, is a testament to the Wisconsin team. Before anyone calls me racist, I need to say that the black players work very hard to achieve and they do not just rely on natural talent. They earn everything they achieve. But the obvious superiority of the African male is the elephant in the room that no one will talk about. Wisconsin's success highlights to me, as a midwesterner, how in that region white boys still play ball and make themselves into competitive players. It appears that in the East and South white boys do not play basketball with any vigor and do not achieve. "Hoosiers", the movie, is still real in the central part of the country. But I am also bothered by what this case seems to illustrate. The Wisconsin boys stay in school and do not see college as not important to live through and worship the NBA. The black players, many of whom are not poor or hardship cases, seem to play only for the money down the road. In doing that, they are cheating their fans, their schools, and more importantly, themselves out of the joy of being a young man in their school. The NBA is a cold place and not the fun ideal to be worshiped. Men like Dick Vitale have hyped the NBA as being the Promised land of basketball. It is not! The glaring disrespect for the purity of the game is so glaring at schools like Kentucky and Duke that it is disgusting. I know some white players jump to NBA, but not too many. Larry Bird did not, and neither did Frank Kaminsky, and he thanked Wisconsin for the opportunity to play for them. This is not a tirade against black players. Rather, I think we need to ask if the values in the black community around sports are misguided. I may be old-fashioned, but in Chicago all people love Ernie Banks because he stayed with the Cubs, and so did Hank Aaron, even after free agency, stay with the Braves. Another problem is the hired gun mentality at schools like Duke. I believe most of the Wisconsin players were Wisconsin boys or at least midwesterners. So are mixed teams like Gonzaga, Notre Dame, and Iowa where the values of education are held by the black and white players alike, perhaps more so by the black players who are taught to value their education by their coaches, not like Kentucky where they are recruited for the money they bring to the school and they will earn after their year is up. Calipari is a basketball pimp, disrespecting basketball and his players who he exploits. Now, coach Mike K seems to be the same kind of man. I think both schools need to be investigated for academic violations. Their players could not be good students, they do not have time to study. Since I am speaking against modern basketball, let me say the beauty of basketball is 10 men moving around in proximity to each other in a small area and NOT hitting each other!! Watching Jahlil Okafor have to physically battle everyone to get his shot off is disgusting and NOT basketball!! My greatest joy in high school was to watch my favorite big man at my school maneuver gracefully and get his shot off and not be body slammed in the process. By the way, that player was black and went on to college and got a degree. Now, that is success at the game!!
Fire Britt McHenry!!! What a messiah complex. Good one ESPN Corporate. Any other company would dump her in a heart beat. If you keep her, you may get lucky and her emotions will not get the best of her on the air. Hey Britt I hope you don't fall off of your high horse on the air.
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Do the right thing ESPN and fire Britt McHenry. What she did is out right ugly and devastating to the profession. You pride yourself on being the "politically correct" environment, then act accordingly and dismiss her from her post at your Network. This is unacceptable human behavior, and had this been a male counterpart your network would not have hesitated to terminate. She acted like a pompous conceded bitch "tauting" her higher education (lol).. She actually showed her lack of academics by her "little Ms. Strut her hot stuff act".. Perhaps after her dismissal she will seek out professional help and become a better human being for this? Do the right thing ESPN or do we need a petition and get Disney involved??
i am requesting that Britt mchenry be fired for her actions toward the towing company rep. Her face represents ESPN. She represents the company wherever she goes. I seriously hope that your company doesn't share her views on anyone less than a tv personality. She was too calm, too cruel, and too comfortable speaking to that woman that way. She didn't care about herself, the woman's feelings, or the backlash towards ESPN for her behavior. We can all understand frustration, however that was an attack on a human being not the situation.
Brit HcHenry should be fired for her cold, calculating, insults to one she deems to be a lesser person. Allowing her to maintain her position by simply issuing an apology will send the message that basically ESPN condones this type of behavior from their representatives... I suspect based on the the way she attacked this person that if she did apologize, the only thing she would really be sorry for, is that she got caught. Termination is actually too good for her.
Britt McHenry is getting off easy and ESPN is complicit in that it chose to suspend her instead of firing her. The world is made up of many people and those people help make our world what it is today. Some of what we face is not pleasant and is sometimes a nuisance to us but that's life. McHenry feels that since she is privileged and educated that the rules don't apply to her. McHenry is pretty and educated and on TV. Big Deal, I didn't know who you were so you're not that well known or special. I am sure that the tow truck driver didn't target your vehicle because he knew who you were. The world has rules and laws and they apply to all and not just to the less fortunate. I will guarantee you one thing , Brit, you will be known now and not for the pretty reporter on the sidelines but for the jackass you really are.
Fire Britt McHenry. Her behavior was atrocious and an embarassment to her profession, ESPN and Disney. If ESPN won't do the right thing by firing her, then I hope Disney will -- after all, isn't Disney supposed to be a family-friendly organization promoting family values? What values did McHenry display in her tirade? Get rid of her and her entitled attitude now!
I hope that DISNEY,ESPN'S parent company steps in and lets this arrogant,rude,im better than you reporter go.her rant was unaccecptable and she can apologise every fifteen minutes ,it means nothing.we have all seen this type of person in life.if ESPN chooses to keep her that's their business and it just proves that they look down on all of us too.i can live without ESPN.theres always FOX SPORTS,NBC SPORTS,CBS SPORTS and of course NFL NETWORK.see you DISNEY/ESPN
ESPN Corporate Headquarters, I'm asking? Have you suspended Britt McHenry then plan on firing her for her actions while she knew she was being recorded as she disrespected the unidentified Tow employee? Britt's actions were so very unprofessional as apeperson representing your company. If you choose not to let her go please make an example of her and make her apologize to the Tow lady who was doing her job and didn't deserve Britt's comments. Really! What does the ladies teeth have to do with her tow? Come on ESPN. Make this right. Terminate her position or make her publicly apologize for her disrespectful comments and poor attitude while representing ESPN!!!!!!!!Appalled In VA
ESPN needs to FIRE Britt McHenry, It already looks bad for ESPN by just suspending her. The entire world is watching, to see if ESPN has what it takes to clear it's reputation and prove that they have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.
The behavior of Britt McHenry is unacceptable and she should be terminated. She is an embarrassment to the network. She, like the tow company operator, is only an employee...nothing better or worse. The tow company employee handled herself with class and professionalism, something that Ms. McHenry obviously knows nothing about. Come on, corporate ESPN, show your zero tolerance of this type of verbal abuse.....FIRE BRITT McHENERY.
Britt McHenry should be fired, or at the least suspended for a year! Had Britt been a man or black (I am a woman making this statement) she would have been severely dealt with. However, I guess cute little rude blondes get a passe where others do not! I am demanding that Britt McHenry be fired immediately since she sees herself as being better and above other human beings with the right to be a stupid bully! What does her bullying teach our children who have watched this outrage played out on the news or read about it on the internet?
Britt McHenry should be fired, not suspended. As a teacher, I consider it an obligation to present myself in a professional manner at all times. Given that I am not aware if ESPN cautions its employees to act responsibly whether on or off camera, I would assume that McHenry would certainly know better. In fact, she is a bully of the worst kind - she is educated and privileged to work for an esteemed corporation. This is ESPN's chance to take a moral stance. Do the right thing.
This is the FIRE BRITT MCHENRY Facebook page. If you feel that Britt McHenry's behavior toward the tow company employee deserves termination from ESPN then join us. She is an unrepentant bully and doesn't have the class to represent ESPN. Her behavior is not acceptable in civilized society. I respectfully request that the employment of Britt McHenry be terminated immediately. She doesn't deserve another ESPN dollar!!!https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-Britt-McHenry/416023481913896?fref=ts
Here is my opinion.... Bravo ESPN!!!??? Really? You just proudly informed every FORMER ESPN viewer that you Love to support & employ Bullies like your big failure Britt McHenry. What does she have on you? Not sorry for you ESPN if you lose sponsors & ratings from immediate channel change when her face with that inhumane mouth of hers begins to speak!!!! There is no redemption for Britt McHenry & her severe hurtful behavior towards real people. She is not special. She is NOT a celebrity. BRITT MCHENRY IS THE NEW QUEEN OF MEAN & ESPN & YOUR SPONSERS SUPPORT THAT VIEW OF ENTITLEMENT.
I read here that you have lots of negative comments but because you evidently took my advice and had softball announcer Michelle Smith tone down her incessant second and third guessing every single play during a game I have good things to say.First I am taking issue with the people who think Beth Mowins, Jesica Mendoza, and Michelle Smith are overdue projects for What Not To Wear. I have seen them twice now this past week. Just before the game starts, as you know, they are on camera in full regalia. Loud tank tops and jewelry! Hot if I may say so myself. If there is among us anyone who thinks you can get high fashion at the K-mart they are wrong. Anyway who needs high fashion for a softball game. It is always nice to see that signature Medusa haircut on Michelle. Who hasn't loved that style all of these years?My favorite part of their announcing is the solid gold color comments made by Mendoza and Smith. This past weekend: When a pitcher blew a pitch by a batter, "When you are behind, you can't keep the bat on your shoulder." Then when the batter was aggressive,"The worst thing you can do is over-do it, then you get yourself out." You just can't make up knowledge like that. Is the K-Mart a sponsor?
I am disappointed about the level of "professional" broadcasting on your Sun nite baseball orogram. While watching the yankees/royals game, I found the coverage to be very lopsided. As a sportscaster, one must attempt to be objective, not mean. You were so wrapped up in your own analysis paralysis that you even forgot to announce the Royals scoring the run; we know you are experts but please call the game instead of giving us all your analysis ad infinitem, respectfully
Dear ESPN,I am shocked and saddened that your ESPY award decision was not Lauren Hill. Her courageous display was an inspiration to all. Her actions truly exemplified what sports is all about. I for one, will be boycotting the ESPY awards, and will every attempt at boycotting your sports coverage. Long live Fox Sports.
Dear ESPN,I have been avid viewer of ESPN since you did your first sports broadcast. I am sorry to say I will not watch another ESPN show after Wednesday nights broadcast of the ESPY's. I will also encourage my friends to boycott ESPN. The reason I say this I was dismayed when you selected Michael Sam for the Arthur Ashe Award last year. I am in disbelief now that you selected Jenner for this years award. I can see why you recognized Sam last year. I have a hard time with Jenner since coming out or sex changes in our society happen everyday. What a slap in the face to Arthur Ashe and the past winner of this award. For Jenner and his wacked family it is all about me and contribute nothing to our society. It is a sad day in our society that there is no one else you could have selected for this great award. I am battling cancer for my third time and I have to tell you I see a lot more people in the hospital battling for their lives and have a lot more courage than Jenner. I think you missed a great opportunity to recognize other true hero in our society.
I question the judgment of ESPN. I will not be watching or promoting this "sports" entity.
I would like to post this. Your decision to bypass Lauren Hill for the Arthur Ashe Award was purely sickening and an affront to the memory of Arthur Ashe.I am glad that Bruce Jenner had elective surgery and now feels whole as Caitlyn Jenner, wearing a beautiful and elegant dress to the ESPYS and proclaiming that "she gets it" as far as the complications involving dressing up are concerned for women. That was a funny moment. I do admire the journey and that courage to step towards who one really is.Lauren, like Arthur, fought a fatal illness with grace, my God, they fought it with courage, with bravery.We remember her in her uniform, striving, battling and fighting this vicious disease.Lauren raised 1.5 million for cancer, not much compared to what a person might make being on a reality show. I am not trying to compare two people, but Caitlyn never filled an arena in the same aspect of Lauren. Very few of us will ever do that.Lauren could not walk as well as others when basketball season started, I remember watching her leaning on her mother, sleeping at practice, her face swollen. She wanted to be at practice.The NCAA, they did the right thing moving that game up so she could play. They gave her and her parents such a sweet memory.About this award, Lauren would have been happy for Caitlyn. Being a strong young woman, if she had won the award, I would not have been surprised if she gave it to Ms. Jenner. Women, if nothing else, we learn to put others before ourselves. Lauren was gracious, a true champion.Having elective surgery to have breasts is courageous, but bouncing a basketball when your left hand cannot keep the rhythm and trying to run, when your leg won't go is courageous as well. Hoping for one last game....Showing the strength by crying, because you do not want to die , but you have so much to live for is courage. There would have been nothing wrong, ESPN, of acknowledging Jenner and giving Lauren Hill the award, of flipping the switch.Sports, athletics, despite its dark side, shows, at the end of the day, a good side, what is good about AmericaI am a big fan of USA soccer and I understand how Abby Wambach is very proud of her country and representing it.The USA, we do stand for a number of things and are a nation that has a beacon of light guiding millions towards our shores.We are a nation of redemption. I am proud of this.Do the right thing, ESPN, let there be a second award of courage and go to Lauren's home town and give it to her family, her team and her fans.I will no longer watch your programs nor support one corporation that supports you.Do the right thing. This is not about acceptance, if a person wants to be a woman, a tree, a duck, let them be, we are AmericaFor God's sake , though, we are fair, we are good and we acknowledge courage.Do the right thing
I just heard that someone in your organization decided that Curt Shilling was out of line when he compared the Natzis to ISIS. What don't you understand about ISIS? Have you ever learned anything abut WW2? Who are you supporting here? The Natzis or ISIS? I find it totally out the normal range of thinking that you would find his comment anything but correct. Ask all the Christians and others who had their heads cut off in the middle east what these people are like. ESPN is supposed to be a sports network, not a politically correct liberal station. Earlier you made Jenner an award winner. What has happened to you? You should fire those liberal idiots who are responsible for this situation. Let them go to the middle east and broadcast from there.
Give the Man a Raise!!!
I totally agree with this post. I think that ESPN is a weak sister bowing to politically correctness rather than being totally objective. Name the name of who made the decision to suspend Schilling not "WE".
Agree with the man regarding Schilling.he was correct to post what he noted about ISIS. ESPN have you paid any attetion to what ISIS does? Obviously not. About time you woke up and stood for America. So basically you are saying you support a group that kidnaps little girls, rapes them and sells the girls as sex slaves, tortures, mutilates and murders those that don't think the way they do. That is quite a position you are taking.
His and Hers needs to go!! This show consistently displays the worst kind of reverse racism that I have seen on TV!! I'm not sure what point or purpose this show has on a sports network, but I am offended by their words and close minded propaganda to their "cause"
Since ESPN is a family program with there main audience being young children and young adults you would think that they would care about what there employees wear, Cari Champion on Wednesday morning ESPN looked like a hooker with her red skin tight dress and black stack shoes.its not about her its about the program SPORTS
I am sending this email in hopes that it might get into the hands of those that are as concerned about college football as I am.Were you proud of the presentation of our National Anthem during the Championship Game? I am not a prude by any stretch of the imagine but, good taste is good taste. Would it be asking too much to ask that the woman singing the National Anthem wear something more appropriate? Who was in charge? Maybe we need someone to be in charge of the person in charge. Plus, does anyone really believe that anyone is tuning in to hear someone sing? It's the National FOOTBALL Champion not a singing competition. I do have a recommendation. Why not have the number 1 seed school provide student talent to sing the National Anthem and the number 2 seed God Bless America. This would give each school a national audience to show off their student talent. I would hope the 2 schools would want to present their students in the best possible light. Additionally, think of the money saved.Thank you,Bob TeaffShelbyville, TN
Who can I contact at ESPN regarding a full list of their corporate sponsors? I'd very much like to boycott ESPN's advertisers due to their politically correct fascistic intolerance of any opinions that don't comport with their leftist ideals.
I have completely stopped watching or supporting espn. People need to wake up after the firing of Schilling.
I continue to turn on ESPN and see Stephen A Smith ranting about something. Now he feels the need to attack Steph Curry's wife and make comparisons to Lebron's wife on how an NBA wife should act. How long will you as a company continue to let him make sexist attacks such as he did in 2014 and was suspended? You fire or suspend others for giving political views and turn a blind eye to the worst representative of your company ever. It is time ESPN stood up and shutdown the mouth of Stephen A Smith before he makes any more sexist statements.
so I have had time to sit back and digest this whole Kap situation since I'm a huge 49ers fan. I feel that you should always respect the American Flag. It is without a doubt the basis on our freedoms we have and for the millions of soldiers that fought at one point in time or another to ensure that we get to do what we love. Withthat being said, I feel for the reasoning is absurd. I feel HKap should look up the word Oppression. Yes, I am a very educated man, But the only people oppressing black people (for the most part) are black people. I am very aware of what's happening in this Country. You will have racism regardless because we live in a melting pot society. The American Flag doesn't represent oppression but if the South had one and the new meaning of the rebel flag was flying then we can talk. If Kap feels oppressed he should go to Chicago, or better yet Africa and see how it's really like there. This country is more and more divided with this kind of crap that spews out of the mouths. Yes, I respect he has the right to have freedom of speech but so do I but be informed. You want to really help out, go to Chicago with Melo, James, Wade and have discussions about Education, Working, raising a family instead of bailing out of High School, having six children with 5 different women and being in prison. This is 2016, if you were seriously oppressed then you wouldn't play football, no president, no reporters, etc. Again, talk to me about oppression and I'll tell you about the Italians and Irish you were oppressed and segregated. Tell that to the people who went through the great depression. Again, he can say what he wants to but I've lost respect for him because of how he said it. Yes, there are rogue cops out there, but there are rogue people in general as well and instead of thanking cops we have groups who want to wipe them out. Don't cry then about protection when there are no more. One last thing, how much more can a white male be told he is evil when most of us work for a loving, we have families, we donate money to the ghettos to ensure that those children have futures?
espn used it's twitter account to support the 'womens march' in washington this past weekend. i was wondering about whether espn supports madonna's desire to blow up the white house, or ashley judd's inference about the new president molesting his daughter?
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