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ESPN’s Holly Rowe apologizes for appearance due to cancer treatment side effects

Longtime and respected ESPN reporter Holly Rowe took to Twitter on Thursday to preemptively — and unnecessarily — apologize for her “hideous” appearance due to side effects from cancer treatments.

Rowe will be reporting courtside as part of the broadcast team for ESPN’s coverage of Thursday huge women’s basketball match-up between UCONN Huskies (1) and South Carolina Gamecocks (7).

Rowe, who was initially diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but has remained an inspiring presence on the air through most of her battle, tweeted out an apology in advance about a rash she developed due to a recent treatment.

A litany of Rowe’s admirers not surprisingly responded to the tweet to point out an apology is wholly unnecessary, including two of her ESPN colleagues, Rachel Nichols and Scott Van Pelt.

Rowe without question is among the most respected reporters in sports media. The dignity, bravery and class she’s exhibited throughout her battle is nothing short of remarkable, not to mention incredibly inspirational.