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July 31, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
The internet's favorite sideline reporter, Erin Andrews (I assume Jill Arrington just missed the rise of blogs?), has apparently got into a bit trouble. But not for something she said on-air, or for a bad interview. No, instead, she's receiving criticism for, well, being too pretty? From the Peoria Journal Star's Mike Nadel:
Erin Andrews, the ESPN “it” babe who clearly isn’t afraid to flaunt it, sauntered around the visiting clubhouse, flitting from one Cubs player to another. Her skimpy outfit — designed to accentuate her, um, positives — had players leering at her. Some made lewd comments under their breath. Others giggled like 12-year-olds.
Finally, Piniella emerged from his office, ready for his dugout media session. As he turned the corner, there was Andrews in all of her bare-legged, high-heeled, low-necklined glory.
“Hey, hey, hey! Look at this!” Piniella said, loudly and excitedly. “Are you doing a baseball game today or a modeling assignment?”
Weird, to say the least. Nadel continues, and criticizes Andrews (that's her from last night's game in the picture at the top).
Did she really feel playing the sexpot was necessary to practice journalism? She is good-looking enough and has enough of a high-profile job that she would get plenty of interviews and attention even if she showed up in a burlap sack.
While he may be right, it's interesting to see someone from the mainstream media go after her like this. A friend of mine at ESPN has told me similar stories, so it's not terribly surprising, but I wonder if this will be the beginning of others being more critical of her work.
The Erin Andrews Backlash Has Officially Begun - Deadspin
Erin Andrews Was A Clubhouse Distraction For The Cubs Last Night - Awful Announcing
Blonde bombshell can't distract red-hot Cubs - Peoria JS