Erin Andrews Talks About The Locker Room Incident

Saturday, August 02, 2008


We've obviously beat this story to death, but I wanted to share EA's side of things. She spoke with Michael Rand of the Star-Tribune earlier today and took the obvious stance of ignorance....

“These players are not into me like that,” Andrews said. “If anything, I think these guys look at me like a little sister or one of the guys. I don’t look at myself as a sex object. I’ve never carried myself in that way. I’m a girl that loves sports. I’m a tomboy. That’s the last thing on my mind when I’m in the clubhouse — worrying about players checking me out.”

Concludes Andrews: “I’m no dummy. I’m conscious that every day I have to prove myself. Being a woman, I thought at some point we were all past this. I’m not going to change. I can’t change. ESPN puts me on the best games not because of the way I look, but because they trust me. … The cool thing for me is that I trust ESPN with everything I have. I think that if I was conducting myself in a wrong manner, this would have been an issue a long time ago.”
I guess that's a fair assessment of the situation, but I always find it weird when people in Sports take the stance that people shouldn't consider them stars. If you're on television people are going to notice you and comment on you. That's even more the case if you're a woman. It isn't always fair, but it comes with the territory.

With that said, her claiming that wearing a short dress around men isn't going to distract them seems like someone saying what people want to hear. I still think that she likes the attention, but I could be wrong.

(Moving on....)

Erin Andrews: “My overall reaction is that it’s really sad.” (Randball)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:39 PM

21 Comments:

looks like the guy in the cubs uniform all the way to the left is distracted by something. and I don't think it's EA's personality.

C-Rod said...
Aug 2, 2008, 5:10:00 PM  

I can't believe this is even an issue. She's wearing nice dresses. She's not wearing halter tops and mini skirts. She's dressed nicely, and in a way that shows she's a woman. It's ridiculous to say that she "likes the attention" just because she doesn't go around in jeans and a t-shirt. It is not her responsibility to make sure the men around her know how to keep it in their pants.

Erin said...
Aug 2, 2008, 6:32:00 PM  

There is no way she can make everybody happy here. She's obviously an attractive woman. It's tough to hide that fact no matter what she wears. But, if she wears a pant suit with sensible shoes, then people will say she looks like a lesbian. The bottom line is: she does a good job with what she does and the fact that she is beautiful doesn't hurt her career or our enjoyment of the broadcast.

Mal said...
Aug 2, 2008, 6:56:00 PM  

Interesting topic. She's nice to look at, but like most sideline reporters, doens't add much to the coverage of the game. I'm not sure she's throwing herself at ballplayers, but privately she has to know these guys don't exactly think of her as their "little sister."

MikeT said...
Aug 2, 2008, 7:03:00 PM  

If she's dressed appropriately then why does no other female wear clothes like hers in the profession? To say that she isn't putting a show wearing a funky dress like this is just ignorant.

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2008, 7:06:00 PM  

Erin Andrews knows that everybody knows who she is. Because of that, she has become a celebrity just like the Cubs and Brewers players. She also needs to realize that every move she does will be scrutinize by everyone.

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2008, 8:02:00 PM  

First of all, that columnist's "article" was offensive--it was no less than a hit piece on Erin Andrews, not an objective locker room commentary. Secondly, no one makes male sportswriters wear 3 piece suits so that players know that they're professional journalists. But apparently Erin Andrews must wear a burqua and stand 1 foot away from every male in the locker room in order to be a real journalist. Never mind that she has to run around Wrigley Field on a 90-degree day in Chicago in order to do her job. She's wearing a perfectly modest summer dress of average length, and as commenter erin pointed out, she *isn't* responsible for men like that reporter acting like boorish animals. And no matter what Erin wore, this columnist would've found something to denigrate--if she wore pants, he would've said she was showing off her legs; if she wore a blouse, he would've claimed that her cleavage was hanging out.

It's perfectly reasonable to criticize Erin Andrews if you think her reporting isn't in-depth, her interview skills are weak, or if she gets the facts wrong. But for him to describe her actions with innuendo-laden language about her looks and then extrapolate a sit-down interview where she briefly puts her hand on the player's shoulder into a full-blown proposition? Ridiculous.

Overall,there's no use in reasoning with men like this columnist (who's most likely jealous of the fact that she's a national reporter on ESPN, while he's stuck at Nowheresville News).

hg said...
Aug 2, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

why does baseball need sideline reporters again? what needs to be said in the dugout or box seats that cant be said in the press box?
its not like ESPN doesnt interview the managers via headseats during the game anyways

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2008, 9:14:00 PM  

Who gives a shit about this sideline tart?

She's totally meaningless. Big tits and a nice ass is what she's known for, she should just use her God given gifts, as it seems she she has been doing.

Strike another blow for feminism.

"ESPN puts me on the best games not because of the way I look, but because they trust me."

LOL, sure they do. You think you'll be doing this sideline shit when you're forty, if you were obese and had a big gut? Leslie Visser did work well into her hundreds, actually.

Hollywood Wags said...
Aug 2, 2008, 9:37:00 PM  

Wags --- have read enough of your comments to reason that you're a frustrated wannabe sportscaster/writer who's been unfairly screwed (in your own little mind). Get a freaking life, loser.

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2008, 10:16:00 PM  

>>Have you ever wondered why all the male sideline reporters are being phased out?<<

Jim Lampley, and you can take his opinion FWIW, said years ago the position was completely unnecessary. Especially if the likes of Duke Castiglione & Alvaro Martin (MLB), Sal Masekela & Stu Scott (NBA), Pierre McGuire (NHL), Paul Maguire (College Football), and Tony Siragusa & Tony Rizzo (NFL) can adequately do the job. And I use the term adequately loosely.

Anonymous said...
Aug 2, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

I can't wait to see EA come out in like a brown Hillary pants suit. Then it will be like nooo!! whyy??

Michael said...
Aug 3, 2008, 4:59:00 AM  

Nah, you're wrong, just a sports fan who appreciates the old school ethos of broadcasting the fucking game without constant babbling and interruption. Two guys in the booth, talking about strategy and who is hurt, that's all I need.

She wouldn't be on the sidelines, or have a job like that one, without that stunning chest cradled so nicely in those really tight shirts and that nice ass. It's all marketing.

I have nothing against her, she's probably a great person, but the bullshit that she's a hard working reporter and all that is simply nonsense.

Hollywood Wags said...
Aug 3, 2008, 10:07:00 AM  

"Especially if the likes of....Tony Siragusa & Tony Rizzo (NFL) can adequately do the job."

Am I supposed to know who Tony Rizzo is?

Anonymous said...
Aug 3, 2008, 3:39:00 PM  

Eye Candy....with a earpiece

Anonymous said...
Aug 3, 2008, 5:17:00 PM  

The great thing is all of this kerfuffle about what Erin Andrews wears will end, at this week, because she will definitely wear something conservative on-air.

*Wednesday Night Baseball - NY Yankees at Texas*
*Forecast high for Arlington Wednesday - 99 degrees*

Maybe not.

Tainted Alligator Souffle said...
Aug 3, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

This interview makes her come off as either extremely naive or blatantly lying.

Morgan Wick said...
Aug 4, 2008, 12:34:00 AM  

I just want to hear KG tell Erin like he told Michelle Tafoya, "you look good today, girlfriend." That was the most hilarious thing I saw during the televised NBA coverage this past season.

Anonymous said...
Aug 4, 2008, 12:00:00 PM  

That cleavage hanging out is just screaming, "Respect me as a sports reporter."

This is like saying all the girls on "Naked News" are hired for their knowledge of world politics.

But I'll say this: Erin Andrews would be welcome in my bedroom...er, I mean clubhouse, anytime.

On a sort of related topic, anyone notice how...plump...Dana Jacobson is getting since being phased out. Seems like being relegated to "X Center" caused her to down a few pints.

bigjf said...
Aug 4, 2008, 2:17:00 PM  

I heard Erin Andrews has shown on her stickam account. Someone should post that win!!!

Anonymous said...
Aug 8, 2008, 9:33:00 AM  

This should not be an issue. She looks awesome, is intelligient, and does her job well. So her dress is stylish...good for her! She is by far my favorite sideline reporter and shouldn't have to "dress down" because people are distracted....good grief. Hannah Storm wears the same stuff on Sportscenter. I'd watch either one all day long.

Mathman said...
Oct 29, 2008, 12:46:00 AM  

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