Tony Kornheiser Suspended By ESPN For ‘Some Time’ For Speaking The Truth About Hannah Storm’s Wardrobe
The Big Lead just broke the story that Tony Kornheiser has been suspended by tWWL for the “controversial” comments he made on his radio show last week regarding some of Hannah Storm’s questionable wardrobe choices on SportsCenter.
Kornheiser – who apologized to Storm the day after the kerfuffle – was missing from PTI yesterday (Dan LeBatard filled in) and he opened his radio show today by quickly addressing the matter. An ESPN spokesman confirmed the suspension, which is anticipated to be “a few days.”
If you are coming to this story late, Kornheiser, on his radio show last Tuesday, had this to say about Miss Storm:
“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? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”
Probably a poor choice? Definitely. Worthy of a suspension? Not a chance. As stated above, Kornheiser already apologized for his comments. Further, ESPN once again makes the horrible PR mistake of fanning the flames of a story that for all intents and purposes was already last week’s news – both literally and figuratively.
And even more so, what Kornheiser said was balls-on accurate. Some of the outfits she would wear – while not inappropriate in the scandalous sense of the word – were a little over-the-top considering her role as lead anchor on the network’s flagship program.
Give Tony K. a break, man. He is as self-deprecating as they come and what he said was clearly off-the-cuff, so to speak, so why insist on subjecting this overblown incident to another news cycle? Considering the topic, perhaps “cycle” isn’t the best word to use here, since my guess is most of Hannah Storm’s outfits are dry clean only.
Tony Kornheiser Does Not Seem to Approve of Hannah Storm’s “Go-Go Boots” and “Very Very Tight Shirt” [The Big Lead]