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