ESPN blabbermouth Tony Kornheiser has talked himself into a two week suspension after derisively mocking colleague Hannah Storm's ensemble. Kornheiser, the host of "Pardon the Interruption," tore into Storm on his radio show last week, scornfully picking apart Storm's fashion sense with all the devastating ruthlessness of a gum-snapping teenage cheerleader. Storm, the SportsCenter anchor, had sported a red V-neck sweater, a short tartan skirt and red stiletto boots that morning. To be fair, it was a lot of red, and Kornheiser charged at her like an enraged bull:
[It was] a horrifying, horrifying outfit. 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.
Fashion tips and a Salinger reference on ESPN? Oh Kornheiser, behave! Many found his critique weird and misogynistic and ageist, and on Friday Kornheiser told listeners he called Storm to apologize, and she "cordially" accepted his mea culpa. He also apologized on air, admitting he is "a sarcastic, subversive guy... I'm a troll; look at me. I have no right to insult what anyone else looks like, what anyone else wears." But he also mentioned that Storm agreed she should probably retire the red boots, and a source tells Deadspin that ESPN's brass requested that she not wear those boots ever again.
But saying sorry didn't make it go away, and John Skipper, ESPN executive vice president for Conten, announced yesterday, "Tony Kornheiser's comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences. Tony has been suspended from PTI for two weeks. Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter."