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ESPN suspends Tony Kornheiser for on-air comments about Hannah Storm's clothes


Tony Kornheiser (Preston Keres/The Washington Post)

UPDATED at 6:20 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

If you can't say something nice... well, then you might be Tony Kornheiser. The former Washington Post columnist, now moved on to nationwide fame and fortune as a radio and TV sports commentator, has never been known as a sweet talker.

But it seems he sniped too far this time: ESPN has suspended him for two weeks for on-air comments trashing his network colleague Hannah Storm's "horrifying outfit," as he called it.

Here's what he said on his ESPN Radio show last week, after watching Storm anchor ESPN's "SportsCenter":

"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 looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body... Come on now! Stop! What are you doing?"

(Storm is 47, if you were wondering.)

The line drew chuckles from co-host Gary Braun and visiting Post reporter Liz Clarke who agreed Storm's outfit had "a Lolita-esque quality, appealing to the fantasy of -- well, let's stop there."

On his show last Friday, Kornheiser, 61, explained at length how he had called Storm to apologize. He reminded listeners that he routinely trashes the clothing choices of Hoda Kotb and Bob Costas, and that "no one should take anything I say about them personally, because I am a troll." (Also: "It is nothing to what Imus has said about me!")

But he was missing Monday from his regular stint on ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption," which he explained on Tuesday's radio show:

"I have been sent to the sidelines from PTI for a while... If you put a live microphone in front of somebody, eventually, that person will say something wrong. This was one of the times I said something wrong... without any question, I broke the rules and this is the punishment that's come."

ESPN confirmed his suspension from PTI later in the day. The time-off doesn't apply to Kornheiser's radio gig; the station is affiliated with ESPN but not owned by it. Executive vice president John Skipper released a statement saying:

"Tony Kornheiser's comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences... Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter."

Hannah Storm speaks on behalf of her foundation, the Hannah Storm foundation, at Hogan & Hartson in Washington in October. (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)

A Post reporter and columnist for nearly 30 years, Kornheiser is no stranger to internecine squabbles. In 2006, after our colleague Paul Farhi gave a negative review to his "Monday Night Football" debut, Kornheiser went on-air to call him "a two-bit weasel slug" that he'd like to "run over with a Mack truck." A year earlier, he used his show to call for the firing of a writer for Slate.com (owned by the Post) who had criticized a lack of actual reporting in Kornheiser's column.

He may have picked the wrong time, though, to turn his wrath on a female colleague. ESPN has recently grappled with accusations that its swaggeringly macho culture -- much dissected after the disastrous affair between analyst Steve Phillips and a very young production assistant -- is less than welcoming to women.

Kornheiser also said on-air Tuesday he wasn't going to comment further, and neither he nor his producer have returned our calls so far. No response yet on our request to talk with Storm.

UPDATED: 6:20 p.m., to note length of suspension, ESPN comment, earlier apologies, other details.

UPDATED: 9:50 p.m., to note he's not suspended from radio show.

By The Reliable Source  |  February 23, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
 
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Comments

This is interesting.

I thought these kinds of internal battles were kept hush-hush.

Oh, that's right -- Ben Bradlee's wife's column earlier this week.

Bamas.

Posted by: bs2004 | February 23, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Tony was spot on ! That outfit was a Joke. It was horrible. Bring Tony Back

Posted by: ASJohnson | February 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big TK fan from way back and I love watching him and Wilbon take their WaPo writing rivalry to the airwaves on PTI every weekday. But Tony was wrong here...not in speaking his mind but just for being wrong. Hannah Storm is hot. I'm 15 years her junior and I wouldn't complain. I bet Wilbon wouldn't either...

Posted by: Tom_624 | February 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser's a scumbag. Years ago a friend of mine wrote a letter to the editor (POST) criticizing a Kornheiser column, and lo and behold got a nasty phone message from the Kornman himself! How's that for sharing your personal information with the POST? They turned it over to the criticized reporter.

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

For quite some time now I've seen Hannah Storm on Sunday morning Sportscenter and thought she would have been
better suited to be featured on What Not To Wear. The way she dresses is absolutely hideous. And she's been overrated her entire career.

Too bad Mr. Tony is being forced to swallow the grenade for telling the truth.

Posted by: tennesseemoonshiner | February 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

He's a sweet guy. (Provided you kiss his ass and agree with everything he says.)

Posted by: mack1 | February 23, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

She is a very fit woman but coem on. That was too much for TV. Maybe at a party or something.

Posted by: ASJohnson | February 23, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, and maybe you don't have ALL of the facts, he gave a FULL apology on Friday of last week (before he was suspended) in which he also said he had already called her directly and apologized AND asked for her permission to speak about the conversation on air. Just FYI.

Posted by: ksanders32 | February 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Seems like ESPN is overly sensitive to criticisms of "protected" groups. Just more left leaning, politically corect media censorship.

Posted by: amazd | February 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what's so horrible about those comments. I guess if you're a man you have no right to criticize anything about a woman colleague.

Posted by: NatsMan21 | February 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Let Tony be Tony: the Don Rickles of sports talk radio. Ms. Storm needs to put on her big girl panties and roll with the punches.

Posted by: pundito | February 23, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser is indeed an arrogant jerk but I am afraid he is spot on re his comments on Ms. Storm's clothing--she does indeed look like a Catholic school drop-out from the fifties

Posted by: restephens11 | February 23, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I've listened to him for years but, of late, he seems far more flip and ill-spirited than I can recall.

It's wearing off on his co-host Tracee Hamilton as well. She's been a complete crankerpuss at the Olympics. I mean, the Olympics?

Plus, for Tony, it's not just been Hannah. He's been ragging of late on Kimberly Suiters' (NBC$) choice of clothing as well .. he may as well just call her a slut. Oh and he thinks she should be fired for it. Nice, in this job environment. I keep waiting to hear Mr. Suiters enter Tony's studio one morning and nail him.

I'm ok with surly Tony and, as he likes to say, he kids cause he loves, but he's been way overboard on some folks of late and you have to wonder if maybe he just doesn't want the gig any longer.

Posted by: tslats | February 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

At least Tony didn't call out Hannah Storm on her port wine birthmark.

I wonder if Tony would have been suspended if he had followed the reasoning of a previous commenter and simply said that Hannah Storm is prime candidate to appear on What Not To Wear.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | February 23, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I guarantee you that the woman (who has heard of her?) complained and ESPN kissed her ass by suspending Mr. Tony.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 23, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I've always thought that Kornheiser's intellect was questionable, but his writing style was above average. He should have stuck with his newspaper column. His personality is simply not suited well for radio and television. He comes across as a loud mouth bore, who knows little about sports but has plenty of opinions. Kind of like a sports shock jock. I'm not sure how he ever came to work for Disney and company.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I love PTL.Bring tony K. back asap.Espn can go jump in the lake. I didn't see her outfit and I could careless what it looked like. Tony and Mike W. are very entertaining. Screw the political correctness.Tony hurry back.

Posted by: nickyfree44 | February 23, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

One of the other blogs I read pointed out that he also took a shot at Chris Berman, suggesting that ESPN shouldn't take advertisements saying people lost weight when they put it all back, back, back, back, back.... So it's possible that Hannah Storm's wardrobe wasn't the only thing that got him in trouble, especially so since this is Berman's contract year.

Kornheiser may have been/still be a respected print journalist, but on ESPN he is just another talking head. So much air time to fill, so little thought put into filling it, so no wonder he's in trouble.

Posted by: IJReilly | February 23, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So while I don't agree with his politics I think that his wit and writing ability are beyond reproach.
Tony is the best!
Bring him him back!

Posted by: Saladin3 | February 23, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

My god, we let the Rush Limbaugh's and others, of both sides say the most horrendous things about people and their politics, and about Tiger Woods, and we're upset because the host of a local radio talk show says something "upsetting" about clothing? First, and I admit I like to listen to Mr. Kornheiser but haven't in a long time, it doesn't seem like he said anything that out of the ordinary, other than it was about a fellow ESPN personality. Second, do that many people really listen to his radio show that it made that big an impact? Third, his radio show is a minor sports show and more a general conversation show; it's not as if he's dealing with the issues of the world on a serious level.

Would anyone have thought twice about suspending him if he said the same thing about a Fox Sports personality or about a local Washington DC television, radio, or newspaper personality?

I can't see where it rises to anything more than an inane comment in passing.

That said, regarding gasmonkey's earlier comment: "Kornheiser's a scumbag. Years ago a friend of mine wrote a letter to the editor (POST) criticizing a Kornheiser column, and lo and behold got a nasty phone message from the Kornman himself! How's that for sharing your personal information with the POST? They turned it over to the criticized reporter."

First, I'm not sure why Mr. Kornheiser's being called what he was by gasmonkey; it would have made sense it gasmonkey explained what Mr. Kornheiser did that justified calling him that.
Second, what was so secretive that what the friend wrote couldn't be shared with the person the friend was critizing; that's the only way the point would get across is to let him (Kornheiser) know what the friend thought worth criticizing. I'm not justifiying a "nasty phone message" but what makes what was sent "personal information"? The fact that XXX wrote and said whatever? I would have thought the friend would have appreciated a response from the person he was criticizing, whether the friend agreed with the response or not. (And, again, I'm not justifying a nasty phone message, but I also don't know what was actually said, other than gasmonkey saying it was a nasty phone message.)

Lighten up people; the comments of Mr. Kornheiser weren't that big a deal. And he already apologized to the person he criticized. Let it end.

xminusone@gmail.com

Posted by: Dungarees | February 23, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Tony hurry back soon. Espn screwed this one up. Hurry back.

Posted by: nickyfree44 | February 23, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh no...more of the South Florida nimrod on PTI. Shame on you ESPN.

Posted by: dmlopez1 | February 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey ladies - FYI, Tony apologized directly on his radio show today. Important point to include but since you are merely bogging rather than actually reporting its understandable how you'd miss it.

-- Cheeseboy

Posted by: dalves999 | February 23, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser's a scumbag. Years ago a friend of mine wrote a letter to the editor (POST) criticizing a Kornheiser column, and lo and behold got a nasty phone message from the Kornman himself! How's that for sharing your personal information with the POST? They turned it over to the criticized reporter.

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 23, 2010
------------

If your friend didn't want a call, why did he/she include his/her phone number in a letter? A letter can be written with a name and no return address or phone number. I think you're making this up.

Posted by: lingering_lead | February 23, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I was disappointed she didn't have saddle shoes and glasses on. (Homer Simpson voice) Hannah Storm mmmmmmmmmm. Great looking women and good sports announcer. She would look good in Carharts.

Posted by: jerseydevil | February 23, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Now if only he could be banished from every medium.

Forever...

Posted by: nojunk4me | February 23, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The outfit was horrible. Only in America does speaking the truth get you in trouble with the politically craven correct.

Posted by: bandmom22 | February 23, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Kornheiser, take this time off to go find a MIRROR.

Posted by: nojunk4me | February 23, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@tennesseemoonshiner
I completely agree. I've been thinking that for weeks if not a month or more. But maybe as a colleague he should be more careful. I'm not saying he wasn't spot on, I'm just saying there's a time and a place.

Posted by: mpshannon1 | February 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I heard the show and literally thought he's trashing their own people. He says it for humor and some shock value. he wants local weather people fired for being happy about snow. he wants local news people fired for their outfits too. he just needs to watch his mouth.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Is this for real? They suspend him for making fun of an anchor's ridiculous outfit? This seems to me to be a critique that is completely fair-minded -- ESPN are the ones who apparently feel that there needs to be a double-standard in the way people treat men and women professional (and I use the term loosely given the outfit Storm wore) anchors. Somewhere Craig Sagar is rolling over in his bright purple and red grave! (Well, he's still alive, but you get the picture.)

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 23, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If Hannah Storm worked for another network, TK would not have been discplined. The fact that he criticized a fellow ESPN staffer is what forced the ESPN execs to get their knickers in a knot. BTW,her outfit WAS inappropriate.

Posted by: jmsbh | February 23, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I wish somebody would ask Tony to address the style and depth of his old [literally] colleague,Sally Quinn.Why she still warrants a job at the W.Post is a real mystery.

Posted by: bowspray | February 23, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

That turban Kornheiser is wearing looks ridiculous. Is he pretending to be a genie? That gold scarf? It looks like something from disco world 77 with John Travolta.

A 61 year old guy wearing that? Is he wearing that turban to hide his lobotomy scar?

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | February 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Hope he learns his lesson. Really, really, really sick of a woman's appearance always be the go-to putdown. Can't say anything substantial about a woman but want to slam her anyway? Call her a wh*re or ugly. Way to be a man, Kornheiser!

"If your friend didn't want a call, why did he/she include his/her phone number in a letter? A letter can be written with a name and no return address or phone number. I think you're making this up."

Uh, have you ever written an LTTE? You *have* to include a phone number. It's so they can verify you are who you say you are (I've had several published, they've always called me to follow up and tell me when it'll come out). It's not so defensive columnists can target those who dare to question them.

Get Marc Fisher, he has strong opinions but they're never nasty and he has no problem with people disagreeing with him. I know, he doesn't do sports but he can learn :)

Posted by: NYC123 | February 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

If Hannah Storm worked for Fox News, Roger Ailes would be demanding George Bodenheimer's head on a platter right about now.

And Katherine Weymouth's for dessert.

Kornheiser should consider himself lucky.

Posted by: mattintx | February 23, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, Kornheiser, take this time off to go find a MIRROR."

Hey, he called himself a troll during his apology and said he had no room to talk.

But I agree with him - her outfit was hideous. And she did look like a sausage in it.

Posted by: LadyMac | February 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Tony always says that he'll forgive "smart and funny," and the problem with his comment is that it's neither. I don't think that he deserves to be suspended from PTI for a comment on radio--it's not like he uses the former to go off on Hannah Storm, Hoda Cotb, or Chuck Bell--though I can't help but wonder whether he would've gotten away with the same (truthful) sentiment had it been smarter or funnier. It's not the truth that's hurting Tony here; it's the delivery. He'll "try to do better the next time," I'm sure, but that won't mean trying to do "good."

@ IJReilly: I forget who brought up Chris Berman, but it was definitely co-host Gary Braun who made the "back, back, back" joke.

Posted by: NatePong | February 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

You have a sports show - in which the announcers are supposed to joke around - make fun of the players - make fun of the other newscasters


If one can imagine, after a few weeks, months, years, one starts to run out of things to say.

Not to say this comment was good, one has to take it in the context of a show which is lighthearted and tries to throw "zingers" in everyone's direction.

What Im trying to say is - this is not a slam-dunk infraction.

It really does not merit throwing the guy off the air permanently.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 23, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Great, another case of over-reaction by the network-boobs (who are the true idiot's). Tony is the only thing I like about ESPN.

Posted by: elk684 | February 23, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser is a putz, but to suspend him over something silly like that is downright Palinesque (ie retarded).

Posted by: ozpunk | February 23, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please explain what's so bad about that. I thought he must have said something slanderous, something that disrespects more than just her taste in clothes.
Kornheiser is the best talker on the air. I guess with over-enforcement of wimpy rules he always will be.

Posted by: kls1 | February 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for letting me know Kornheiser's off PTI, because there's no reason to watch the show now.
Please let me know when he's back on, or what network I can find him on. ESPN has nothing but a bunch of identical bobbleheads for talkers except for Tony, and Hannah is the plainest of them all. Now that I know she can't take a joke, she REALLY doesn't get one second of my viewing. Hey, that's where she should go -- The View -- with the ladies.

Posted by: kls1 | February 23, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

T-O-N-Y T-O-N-EEE !!! We love you dude for speaking your mind in this super sensitive politically correct nation's capitol. Don't hold your breath for Wilbon to watch your back !If those boots were white this wouldn't even be up for discussion !!!

Posted by: williambaude1comcastnet | February 23, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Was Kornheiser kind? No. Politically correct? Definitely not. But if Ms. Storm does not want her wardrobe mocked, she should stop shopping at Forever 21 at age 47. Two words Hannah: Age. Appropriate.
--Stephanie, Los Angeles

Posted by: steelelewis1 | February 23, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

lol....Agreeing with Alan. Tony has little room to cast fashion stones when he had his picture taken in that turbon outfit. Geez Tony, talk about ridiculous. Seriously folks, he was an okay sports columnist. Wilbon is better, at writing and at TV. Tony pretty much a joke. He will go down in history for two things, creating the Redskins' bandwagon articles and being the worst MNF host ever, even worse then Dennis Miller.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for letting me know Kornheiser's off PTI, because there's now maybe I'll tune in.

Please let me know when he's back on, or what network I can find him on so I can once again change the channel. ESPN features nothing but a bunch of knowledgable sports personalities except for Tony, and Erin Andrews is the hottest of them all. Now that I know Tony can't respect co-workers, he REALLY doesn't get one second of my viewing. Hey, that's where he should go -- The View -- with the ladies. Perhaps they will tell him to take off that ridiculous turbon outfit.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Rack TK! Pulling no punches.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | February 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse


Keep Tony on vacation for awhile. Maybe it might make him think before he opens his mouth. I bet he would jump on anyone who calls him an old, irrelevant "Heb." I hope Hannah never responds to Mr. Tony's stupid remarks.

Besides, Dan, the Man, Le Batard is fun to have around for a while. BAM!,Hateable!


Posted by: mortified469 | February 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The issue isn't with what Mr. Tony said, or with what Hannah Storm was wearing. The issue is the "Big Brother" bully tactics that ESPN employs. It seems like they are obsessed with protecting their brand from any controversy, yet they keep stepping in poop. Like it's been pointed out on previous blogs, when he makes the same comments about non- ESPN personalities they don't care. Mr. Tony's commentary has always been sarcastic and biting. That's what makes him so entertaining. and, that's probably why they hired him. Like he says, if you don't agree with him or you want to hear a show that only talks about sports turn the dial to the left. The TK show is the best thing on radio, and PTI is the best thing on ESPN!

Posted by: hrabbitt71 | February 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

hrabbitt71.....Duh. Their brand is owned by Disney. Get a clue. And grow up Tony. Go back to doing what you do best, newspapers.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Never liked TK or any of his shows, TV or radio. He should just retire. It doesn't seem like he gets it.

Posted by: jgh2 | February 23, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Tony....I hear the Dallas News is looking for a columnist for their fashion section. ;-)

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh can mock those with mental disabilities, those with Parkin's Disease and black students, and people (including Palin and Steele) keep kissing his ass, but Kornheiser makes a silly comment about someone's outfit-- about as "hateful" as something Joan Rivers would say-- and he's suspended? Does Hannah Storm have that much clout?

Posted by: Sutter | February 23, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

So we get a picture of TK in the swami outfit. Where's the picture of Storm in her ridiculous outfit so we can comment on the merits of the case.
Oh, I forgot, you're not allowed to mock the talent.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | February 23, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Tony, Toni, Tone has done it again! Fashion week in NYC was in September. Too Funny. Shoved your foot all the way this time. Tasty shoe, huh?

Posted by: teegh | February 23, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

If Kornholer can walk around with that head and hairdon't looking like a moron.
He should be able to joke about others.
After he looks in the mirror.

That show is still on? Worst sports show on TV
PTI is the PITs.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | February 23, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Kornheiser is so over, anyway. The guy's just a bore at this point.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | February 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Hannah Storm one of the X-Men?

Isn't Kornheiser a type of ham?

Posted by: thefrontpage | February 23, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't aware that Tony was hired to be a fashion critic. I have seen male sports announcers wearing terrible hair pieces, ridiculous ties, suits that are too small and worse. No commentator ever finds it necessary to comment on this clothing. If Hannah Storm is operating as a sports reporter talk about the game, not her clothing.

Posted by: fcodispoti | February 23, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser isn't funny. He's an offensive, boorish lout. Nothing more. I didn't watch MNF while he was on. Too irritating.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 23, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Evelyn Lieberman, the former deputy chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton at the Clinton-Gore White House, banned miniskirts, tight pants and low-cut and sleveless shirts and any other clothing deemed provocative at the White House after the Monica fiasco. Isn't wearing a miniskirt, under feminism, to be see as a human being and not to be see as a sexual object, but as a person?

Posted by: Rockvillers | February 23, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

When Kornheiser was writing for the WaPo, he once wrote a column describing a trip to a men's clothier with Michael Wilbon. He admitted that he was a lousy dresser (as opposed to snappy dresser Wilbon), and that Wilbon was making an ultimately ill-fated attempt to improve Tony's appearance.

Kornheiser should have remembered that event before he maligned Ms. Storm's outfit. He may have been spot-on in his description (I didn't see the outfit in question), but Tony being Tony, an apology should have sufficed.

Possibly Hannah Storm should arrange an appointment for Tony with a haberdasher as payback, with Wilbon in total charge - Tony picks up the entire tab, of course (including anything that Wilbon might find that enhances his wardrobe).

In any event, suspension is a little harsh. Ms. Storm is a big girl. Maybe, as one poster asserted, there actually is a "Berman factor" in the mix.

PS: My favorite Kornheiser comment in the WaPo occurred when the old Squire (Jack Kent Cooke) built Fed Ex Field and originally named the area surrounding it "Raljon", combining the names of two of his sons. Kornheiser's comment was classic and typical: "It's a good thing their names aren't Peter and Ennis".

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 23, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

just listen to the Fox network football guys dissing each other. The problem may be that ESPN is a bit touchy about using pretty faces for ratings (that's not a comment on Storm's journalistic credentials at all, to be clear), so Tony was unintentionally hitting a sore nerve. Which he should have been bright enough to know was right where he went.

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 23, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser isn't funny. He's an offensive, boorish lout. Nothing more. I didn't watch MNF while he was on. Too irritating.

Posted by: LarryG62
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Sorry LarryG62, we hardly missed ya.

Yea, Mr. Tony is a lout sometimes, but he is funny and outspoken, and ESPN benefits from his character.

ESPN lacks character though by their pandering ways here. He apologized to her publicly. She accepted. End of story.

Posted by: AWWNats | February 23, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Tony was right. And, unlike Limburger, he was NOT offensive to an entire grouping of human beings. He simply said Storm looked terrible.

So why wasn't Limburger suspended?????

Posted by: loulor | February 23, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser isn't funny. He's an offensive, boorish lout. Nothing more. I didn't watch MNF while he was on. Too irritating.

Posted by: LarryG62
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Sorry LarryG62, we hardly missed ya.

Yea, Mr. Tony is a lout sometimes, but he is funny and outspoken, and ESPN benefits from his character.

ESPN lacks character though by their pandering ways here. He apologized to her publicly. She accepted. End of story.

Posted by: AWWNats | February 23, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Listen to the male sportscasters talking about their families, their day, the TV shows and movies and clothes -- all that came from Tony. First show to put the rundown in navigation buttons on the side of the screen, everyone does it now.
Take Tony off -- for criticizing a woman's clothes of all things -- and ESPN shoots itself in the foot.

Posted by: kls1 | February 23, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

At first , I was against Tony Kornheiser for making disparaging statements about Hannah Storm's attire but looking at some internet pictures of Ms Storm's wardrobe I am tending to agree with Tony. News reports never show Hannah's awful fashion choices. You should at least publish a picture of the dress Hannah was wearing that Tony was referring to. Let the reader decide.

Posted by: Doctor_Evil | February 23, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

TK is paid serious money to be irreverent and edgy. He was suspended for being ... irreverent and edgy. You can watch a late night monologue virtually any night and hear more offensive material. I'm off to google the Constitution to see if the First Amendment was revoked without my noticing it...

Posted by: randysbailin | February 23, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I skipped to the end after the first twenty posts, so maybe it's been said, but aren't there some large number of television shows where the entire theme is criticizing someone's attire? or maybe he's just being paternalistic ;?}

have you seen the tent cities in haiti. how gauche!

Posted by: gratefolks | February 23, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The Jews call it Loshon Hora - the evil tongue. This is merely one more example of the inappropriate language we use has led to the most uncivil society. If some of the political networks followed the same policy of suspending people for this kind of talk, we would have a lot of empty air time.

Posted by: melech18 | February 23, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser's show is the best 2hrs of daily radio in the area. Even if ESPN is struggling with PR issues related to women, 2 weeks WAAAAY too much. I'll take a pass on PTI until this nonsense suspension is over.

Posted by: rdpinva | February 23, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

If her hair was orange like his they could have teamed up!

Posted by: ohwell | February 23, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Korheiser is cranky old bully who is angry, insightful and no longer funny. Ta ta old man. Cheers

Posted by: MPNangle | February 23, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Let's see you hire someone AGAIN who's made comments in the past that have caused you to suspend him. If ESPN were serious they wouldn't have rehired him. ESPN has hired many others who've had much more serious moral lapses. The bottom line is they're in the entertainment business. ESPN keeps giving him the mic for a reason.

As far as his comments go, yes, they weren't professional, but if you've ever listened to Tony before you know he has his own code, like most people do. Some people here apparently have never listened to or heard Kornheiser or want to apply their own code to him. Either way that's not how this works. He's paid to offer HIS opinion. And while Ms. Storm is attractive, c'mon I thought I was watching the new episode of The Real Housewives of Bristol, Connecticut.

Posted by: makeuser | February 23, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Look, there are two separate issues here.

1. Is TK's routine (which is to criticize and trash lots of people) ok?

2. Is what TK said about hannah storm deserving of this suspension relative to never having even a slap on the wrist for everything else he says.

#1 really is a totally separate issue.

I have reread the quote a few times and I don't get the big deal. He literally made fun of the way she looked in an outfit. What's the big deal?

Could someone, preferably a woman, explain to me why this was so bad and why it was worse than what he says about anyone else?

From my vantage point this suspension seems quite sexist. It makes women seem absurdly sensitive and fragile, as if mocking an older woman for trying to wear something that looks bad on her is akin to what typically people get suspended for (e.g. some discriminatory comment)

Posted by: wassavi | February 23, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The only thing missing from her outfit was a trick or treat bag. ESPN should apologize to him.

Posted by: Denny_98 | February 23, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The better response would be requiring him to wear an equally ridiculous outfit every day for two weeks instead of suspending him!
I'm a woman and LOVE his commentaries. Yes, they are fresh and sometimes caustic, but he's smart and plays off very well with Wilbon!

I find ESPN too PC and corporate... it will destroy you!

Posted by: yoschoharo | February 23, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Yes a 1970's plaid polyester Leisure Suit...form fitting!

Posted by: ohwell | February 23, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm the guy gasmonkey wrote about (I'm using his sign-on) and here is what happened:

I wrote a letter to the Post about a TK column, maybe 15 years ago. It was critical of TK, and sort of ridiculing him in a humorous way. I HAD TO LEAVE MY PHONE NUMBER because that is what you do when you write a letter to the Post, so the Letters to the Editors staff can call and confirm your identity. And somehow TK got my number (my office number, by the way), and called it and left me a very nasty message, along the lines of "Are you happy now? They are going to print your letter about me! I hope that makes you happy!" He sounded like a whiny 8 year old, but it was also vaguely threatening in tone. Of course I played the message to the entire office and everyone was appalled at how idiotic he sounded. Not a very mature guy, and definitely someone who can dish it out but not take it!

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 23, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised. He sure was a disaster on MNF. I guess the old saying, "Empty barrels rattle the most," applied to TK.
I guess it's TKO for TK.

Posted by: diamond2 | February 23, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

haha one of my frat brothers hooked up with Hannah. I remember seeing her the next day hahahaha

Posted by: fratboy | February 23, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Gaack - saw her outfit on the link above.
Tony is right, it's hideous. If ESPN was truly serious about the image of it's female on air talent they wouldn't let them appear in such wacky unprofessional attire. It's a "look at me" ourfit that detracts and diminishes the content of the reporting. A suspension is a complete overreaction that further degrades females by suggesting they need to be protected from criticism.

Posted by: Natmeister | February 23, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

His comments are totally wrong and inappropriate.

I am a 50 yr old dude, and I find Hannah to be a total babe, and a way solid sports commentator also.

He deserves this sanction.

Posted by: tr_cincy1 | February 23, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Tony gets suspended for speaking the truth. Amazing. If he had said the same thing about Sarah Palin, they'd extend his contract..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | February 23, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The orangeman is tired and stale. Listening to Mike Wise on the fan 106.7.
They kicking 980's but.

Posted by: bryjen48 | February 23, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Red. Very very red.

Posted by: katman13 | February 23, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Pleeeease!!!
Tony is among the very best ESPN has.
If she can't take the heat let her move on. I'm absolutely sure Tony would not protest about any self-deprecating humor/remarks made about him.
GET A FREAKIN' LIFE PEOPLE.

Posted by: pd2710 | February 23, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Now if Wilbon will just say something about how Rachel Nichols looks like jailbait and dresses like a granny, maybe we can upgrade the show to Jeff Barker and Dan Shaunessy.

M

Posted by: techsoldaten1 | February 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I am not familiar with either this guy or the lady. However, there should be some way to suspend politicians who say outrageous statements for a couple weeks. Of course, then there might not be another Senators or Representatives to have a quorum.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | February 23, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

techsoldaten1.....Wilbon is classier than that. That's been my point.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Denny_98.....lol....Her outfit? Again, check out Koneheiser in the turbon!!! lol.....As I said.....Tony, the Dallas News has an openning for a fashion columnist.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?,!!! I cannot ever listen to this clown anyway. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Korny has been a bore in person his whole life. Now he's a bore on TV. ESPN was wrong in hiring this boob, and should donate his lost salary (and an appropriate match) to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Relief fund.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | February 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Political correctness run rampant. TK is paid to be funny and edgy. He is unique. I am suspending my viewership of PTI for the next two weeks.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | February 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser was much more interesting when he only wrote articles for the WAPO.

He's now become full of himself and mostly boorish.

Wilbon - he's now unberable. Talk about a big head.

It's amazing what 30 minutes on TV each night can do to a person.


Posted by: Jaymand | February 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

This is an interesting conversation. But the point I am trying to make is not about some gal's fashion choices, nor about Tony's comment, right or wrong. The point I am making is that Tony was a better than average newspaper writer, not great, but good. He is a way below average television personality, especially for a channel that is owned by Disney and prides itself on quality programming. Tony is a egotistical, know-it-all want to be. He is loud, but not necessarily knowledgeable about the subjects on which he comments.....like fashion for instance (see Tony's picture above). He was without a doubt the worst MNF announcer ever. I'm surprised that Disney gave him that spot even for the limited time he held it. In short, most of us posting here know more about sports than Tony. ESPN generally has a first rate crew. Wilbon, for instance, has long been one of my faves....even though he tends to be a homer for Chicago. Tony is nothing more than a shock jock who makes a living talking sports. I would sooner trust Howard Stern's comments on fashion.....or sports for that matter, than Tony Kornheiser. TK does have a talent for writing, and to give him his due, came up with the whole Redskins' bandwagon thing. Wasn't a tough thing to do back then. But TV? No, that's not what he's good at. Even his voice is whiney and high pitched. He is not thoughtful, and he has an ego that nearly breaks the TV screen.....at least Howard Cossel was intelligent. Why ESPN hired him in the first place, I can only guess, was because Michael Wilbon was a hit and the two have long had a rivalry of sorts in the Washington Post. Wilbon is well-spoken and a class act. Tony is a blow hard with a large ego. Why would any television channel, esepcially one owned by Disney, keep this guy around? I mean, he might work on the Spike network......

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I degress as the night wears on. Pardon the errors. Guess I need an editor like Tony.

;-)

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter whether you or I liked her outfit, or him. That's his schtick, being a glassbowl. He makes a good living being a dick, and this is, as he notes, an occupational hazard of picking on people--every once in a while, you get your ass kicked.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | February 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Again, it's not about the comment.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

To be honest, I've never quite been able to understand how Tony has been on, then off, then on, then off again, then back on the radio with basically the same old worn out shtick. Frankly I'm sick of him and would be pleased if his slot on the radio went to someone else with fresh views about sports. Too bad this is line that got crossed. But it's taken a long time for this kind of "Tony speak" to catch up with him. No losses either way.

Posted by: BenThere | February 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Sec3mysofa.....Exactly. If you like mindless babble....you are probably a Tony Kornheiser fan. At least Joe Thiesman knew what he was talking about.

Posted by: steven09 | February 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

He should be suspended to get corrective eye surgery. Hannah Storm is hot.

Posted by: NewThoughts | February 23, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I do not like either one of them, and can care less what they wear! Having said that, I am so tired of some one being offended by something on the air or in print. It is sickening for people to make a statement and be fired or taken off their jobs,like it is now. Freedom of speech does not exist in this country any more. I want to make it clear I do not believe in racism, or jokes about that, or some one's Physical or mental problems. How ever, if some one is dressed in such a manner that causes some one to joke about it, I guess when they got dressed, they ask for that type of verbal expression by others.

Posted by: lifeatford | February 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Please say the suspension will become permanent.

Tony is a loudmouth and bombed on MNF, and is currently irrelevant, so I guess this is his marketing ploy.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | February 23, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

wait...an old fat bald dude with a COMB-OVER is making fun of how someone else looks?

oh, the irony...

Posted by: buster_c | February 23, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Most of her outfits are inappropriate for the show she is on. Good for him to call her out on it.

ESPN is clearly two-faced about this kind of thing - they want their women to flaunt it if they got it - but heaven forbid if somebody should actually acknowledge they do it.

Posted by: b1978367 | February 23, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

GOOD NIGHT CANADA!

Posted by: hatchlaw | February 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't care how fit she is or whatever, there comes a time when a person needs to realize they can't wear certain stuff. Especially when they are in the limelight of the news. She should no better and people are mad cause someone called her out.

Dress like you got some sense.

Posted by: ajb1094 | February 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Crapheiser is a gutless, big mouthed, Jackass.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse


Tony used to be laugh out loud funny in print.

On air he is uninteresting and loutish.

PTI could use a couple of new co hosts.

The two they have, have outlived their expiration date for being interesting.

I am so tired of reading Wilbon's opinion pieces that carry water for Tiger and every other athlete he is currently sucking up to.

I'll remember the good articles from years ago and pass over the current output of both.

Posted by: jrealty | February 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

he was right!
she was dressing 15 years to young and its time someone commented on it.

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | February 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Korn Hole is overly critical of so many things. Years ago he said that anyone over 35 who wears an NFL jersey LQQKS ridiculous and should be ashamed of themselves. And I thought, who is this guy to say who should wear what?

He's a know -it-all Jew who thinks that he can say anything he wants to.

A$$hole!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | February 23, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Hannah Storm could take some tips on dressing appropriately, with style and class, from the Fox News Hostess, Megyn Kelly!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 23, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Tony was spot on. He did Mrs. Robinson a favor.

Posted by: jd5024 | February 23, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't know so much about PTI -- I never watch it -- but the IQ and the quality of the commentary on MNF has increased 1,000 fold since Kornheiser departed/was given the boot.

Posted by: JPRS | February 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

disney execs like comcast execs, should spend less time watching tv and more time creating quality television. that would require mass firings of the low life scum in both companies that see themselves as brain surgeons. this is laughable.

FREE TONY.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | February 23, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks is not enough, suspend this moron for good....

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 23, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Tony didn't go far enough. I'm sick of looking at mannish women commentators every time I watch sports.

Posted by: duder | February 23, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

This punishment will only make Tony more popular. Viewers will tune in to see what he will say next. Including me! Keep it up Tony!

Posted by: carbon916 | February 23, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Two weeks is excessive! Her outfit was ridiculous. The higher-ups at ESPN blew this one.

Posted by: JonSlo | February 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the article has a corny photo of Tony while a professional photo of Storm. Why not show the photo with her in the red boots?

Posted by: JonSlo | February 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

"from the Fox News Hostess, Megyn Kelly!!!"

I agree, I hate the Faux Network...but they get some dammmm hot waspy blondes on their shows. Where do they come from? Note: Greta DOES NOT COUNT....

Posted by: nowhine | February 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser looks about as natural wearing a turbin as Larry King looked riding a horse in Montana or Michael Dukakis did sitting in a tank.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 23, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Who the f***k is Hannah Storm?

Posted by: oldnova | February 23, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less.

These things happen, and people shouldn't get hung up on these things.

Tony's awesome and I love his show.

I'm also pumped to check him out on the radio tomorrow

Posted by: TheBopper | February 24, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

If we could only get rid of Wilbon.....

Posted by: bal503 | February 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

she should have been arrested for that outfit

Posted by: alostoros | February 24, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

If you don't like Tony, don't listen to him. Oh, you probably liked Bush since he came down to your level.

Posted by: wp318676 | February 24, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Why is Tony getting all the bad press? Liz Clarke's NASCAR class was also evident on the radio show. And all the times Mr. Tony has made inappropriate comments about Latinos, he finally gets suspended now? ESPN has problems.

Posted by: prokaryote | February 24, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

What does the media and public see in Kornheiser? To me, he is not informative or funny. He doesn't get interviews. I much prefer Wilbon who I think has a genuine love of sports and what he does. Kornheiser just comes across as a dark, condesending jerk who's focus is to exploit a negative rather than reinforce a positive. I think the ESPN Monday Night Football management found him to be as I described. That is why they canned him. Get rid of him and move on.

Posted by: neil64 | February 24, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

It was absurd to suspend TK for two weeks. The issue isn't TK in general, or whether Hannah Storm's outfit was really good or bad. The comment was clearly in the realm of reasonable opinion and didn't even call for a personal apology unless TK didn't believe what he said. Any suspension was an insult to freedom of speech, and if Wilbon had any guts he would have refused to appear for 2 weeks in protest.

Posted by: Yogi8 | February 24, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

My dog is smarter than Tony Whineheiser.

If my mutt had Tony Whineheiser's face, I'd shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards.

Tony Whineheiser is a serial troll whose fellow elementary, middle, and high school peers failed by not pounding the snot out of him every single hour of every single day of his pathetic youth.

Posted by: MarkinJC | February 24, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

Storm is a sexy old broad, but somebody desperately needs to teach her how to dress..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | February 24, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Storm is a sexy old broad, but someone with taste needs to dress her in the morning..

Posted by: wewinyoulose | February 24, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

ESPN is run by hypocrites. Where were they when Tony criticized the outfits of everyone else in broadcast media? All they care about is their manicured image. What a joke of a network.

Insults are part of Kornheiser's shtick. If you don't find them funny, change the channel. He was only saying what everyone else was afraid to say themselves: Hannah Storm looked like a pimp dressed her.

Posted by: drischord | February 24, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

First of all, Kornheiser was right. Storm tries to dress like she's a teenager. Her stuff is horible as is her work on the air. I'll never understand why ESPN hired her. Having said that, it was only a matter of time before Kornheiser got busted. He has been ripping people publicly and privately forever. It was bound to catch up to him. But, a two week suspension for trashing Storm's choice of clothes seems a bit over the top. I would think if you want to punish him for his remark, pin a photo of Storm in that hideous out in his cubicle and make him look at it for a couple of weeks. That should do it!

Posted by: POPS1 | February 24, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

I am no Kornheiser fan.

For starters, the guy is a flipper.

What little hair he has gets tossed.

He is deluding himself into thinking that he is fooling others.

I don't have any problem with his remarks on the attire of Hannah Storm. They were cruel but accurate.

He called someone a "guinea" on the air a few weeks ago. As someone of Italian descent, I took offense. I was surprised there was no outcry. It was an example of acceptable bigotry.

The guy never played sports. He is a dweeb without cred.

He wrote some good pieces for the Style section of the Washington Post.

Too bad he didn't stay there.

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | February 24, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Kornholio and Wilboner are the two biggest jokes on the planet. In fact, if I ever see Wilboner in public I'm going to walk right up to him and punch him in the face.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | February 24, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Tony comments on how inappropriate the outfit of an on-air personality is and gets suspended. Mike Greenberg called Martin Luther King, "Martin Luther Koon" on the day set aside to honor the man, was not suspended or even reprimanded.

Funny how that works.

Posted by: JahMan1 | February 24, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

I know who Tony Kornheiser is, mainly because I've been a Washington Post reader for many years. I don't follow him on t.v., however, and have no idea who this Hannah woman is. So he ragged on her outfit. Bfd.

Posted by: realgrrl | February 24, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

What

Would

Roone

Do?

Posted by: bs2004 | February 24, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Omg! LMAO! I just looked up the outfit. Ick.

Posted by: realgrrl | February 24, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

****Seems like this incident is typical of the politically correct society we live in today. Women run the show in the sexual harrassment arena and men are the slowing moving rinos with a target on their ***. I thank God every day I'm leaving this mess in another year. Hang in there Tony. You're a good man!!*****

Posted by: BruinSteve | February 24, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

TK is a skin thin jerk and knows nothing of treating people with class.

Posted by: TheDubb | February 24, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Personal attacks are always risky business and Tony knows that, and he deserves the suspension. TK was at one time, a very good, and entertaining writer for the Post. He certainly has made a ton of cash during his on air media career, but he is not a team guy, and he makes for a terrible employee. It really is time for him to just retire because his time has passed.

Posted by: Broadcaster | February 24, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Tony is POS arrogant jerk. Amazing how all the co- host and guest on his radio show always agree with him? He may try say that all of this is just his sense of humor, but it's not funny. Are you kidding me? And if his "Sense Of Humor" has him berrating people's comments and choice of clothing so much, you would think he wouldn't be as sensative as he is. I find him completly unprofessional in how he uses his show to rip people in tose petty beefs. How dare anybody call TK out!

The radio show is awful and I feel sorry for all of those who have made a professional decision stroke his ego. The whole "Nigel" bit. That stopped being funny the moment he thought of it.

I want this punk MF to be humbled!

Posted by: millineumman | February 24, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I don't care how hot you are (in fact, when I'm 47 I hope I'm half as hot as Hannah Storm) but unless you're actually 16 and in Catholic school OR you're playing a bagpipe, no one should wear a skirt like that. And red F-M boots? Please. Save them for Halloween - IF you're 21, wasted and dancing on a bar in Adams Morgan.

Kornheiser was right and his suspension is ridiculous. Dress classy, Hannah. Not trashy.

Posted by: aprible | February 24, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Tony is the man. He is the best journalist out there and a brilliant TV commentator, he's so entertaining and he just gets it! But he was wrong on this one, Hanna is a straight "hottie" her gear was not inappropriate. I'd smash her any day!

Posted by: madstamina | February 24, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm a long time fan, but he does seem to be a bit cranky as of late. It comes with age, as I know and can relate to. He has a first class mind and great insight, and I'm sure his comments to HS were mean't in fun. Not racist, or what ever it's called.

I wish he'd gone over to local station 106.7, which is the only non ESPN or Dan Snyder owned sports station in DC. There he could speak truth to the issues, instead of being muzzled as he is now. It was sad during the football season when he had to back off commenting on Snyder and the Skins mess. Now this.

Maybe 106.7 should hire him and give him the morning show.

Posted by: ideabook | February 24, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I actually found his comments refreshing. I am a 58 year old woman and grew up in the era where women fought hard to be able to have jobs in typically male dominated fields. Seems like the majority of female sports reporters/analysts/broadcasters are dressing a bit too risque lately. If you want to be taken seriously, dress professionally.

Posted by: mygr8kidz2 | February 24, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

What may have happen if Ms. Storm had made a comment say....
Tony looks like a Jew that runs a Movie Theater who stands in the lobby in a frumbled suit claiming that the pre popped corn he buys in 30 gal bags is every bit as good as fresh popped!

Posted by: ohwell1 | February 24, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I can`t speak for how Tony reported say 20 years ago, but currently, he does not really know what he is talking about when it comes to sports.
HE WAS AWFUL ON MNF! THAT SAYS IT ALL ABOUT THAT GIG.
TK would be better suited to host a radio show that is NOT labeled a sports program..as one has to listen for a long tie to hear him even refer to something in sports.
Maybe he should follow the foot steps of ..say..Howie Mandel. do an off beat quiz show/reality TV.
Wibon should probably be working for a Chicago paper..if they still have one...as he is pro Chicago teams..and not so much Washington.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 24, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Let's be clear, Reliable Source. You only got it half right. He wasn't suspended for the comments about Hannah Storm. He was suspended for his comments about Chris Berman, who he (again, correctly) hinted that he had regressed since his nutri-system ads.

Personally, I think TK was right on both counts - Hannah Storm too often dresses inappropriately for an anchor and Berman is a pompous gas bag. But, to paraphrase a quote from an ESPN insider, criticizing Hannah Storm will get you to apologize, criticizing Berman will get you suspended.

FREE TONY KORNHEISER!

Posted by: mtremill | February 24, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse


Well Tony can rip you if you're a multi-megabuck athelete, or coach. But dissing a lady broadcaster's attire, well, that just too "hurtful". And, of course, we all know he would have gotten exactly the same treatment if he had picked on a male collegue's dress . . .

Ok, we all now know that Hannah Storm is out of bounds . . . glad the exec's set us all straight as to what is "hurtful" and when, otherwise, how would we know. Guess that's why they get paid the big bux. . .

Posted by: kenhyde | February 24, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Storm's outfit was mild compared to some of the other looks she's given her voyeurs, I mean, viewers since she took that AM spot. She is just part of the ESPM culture of appealing to the testosterone-driven demographic. Some of her other outfits have most definitely had that JBF look.

Posted by: lgm6986 | February 24, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Hannah needs pantsuits and pearls...like Hillary, not the Erin Andrews skin tight, but don't look at me that way because I'm like a serious journalist....makeover...

Posted by: nowhine | February 24, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

It was always hard for me to fathom why/how/to whom Kornheiser ever appealed enough to get TV or radio gigs.

But then, I reflect upon reality shows, Bloatfrah, and 'America's Cruelest Videos' and regain some insight into American culture today.

Posted by: kinkysr | February 24, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Linda Cohn once made the remark, in referring to a mad scramble for an offensive rebound that was finally converted as, "Sloppy Seconds." I'm sure she had no clue what she was really saying.

Posted by: lgm6986 | February 24, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

ESPN is a joke and a FOUR letter word to boot. Speaking of boots, those red go-go boots that Hannah Storm was wearing DID make he look HOT!

Question: Did Hannah Storm complain to ESPN execs or file a sexual harassment complaint?

Answer: Probably NOT!

She's a BIG girl and knows those comments were NOT a fireable or suspendable offense!
Besides, TK appologized on his show and explained how he had called Ms. Storm personally to apologize. THAT should be a DONE deal.

ESPN Execs ARE a bunch of Two-Bit GUTLESS WEASEL SLUGS!!!!!

Posted by: Bigrcube | February 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'd hit it.

Posted by: RichinVA | February 24, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

That's who Kornholer is. I can't believe anyone can listen to him anyway, but it seems absurd that he would get "suspended" for that. These sports guys from the Washington Post have some wierd self important self-flatulating thing going on...Kornholer, Feinstein, Wilbon and Wise.."suspend" them all permanently.

Posted by: bobilly2 | February 24, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 24, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Two weeks off is way too harsh a punishment! A sincere simply “I’m sorry” would suffice. I’m extremely disappointed in Ms. Storm. Instead of “no comment” from her, she should have come to Tony’s aid—she knows his shtick. Maybe she should have taken a cue from Rita Cosby, the former MSNBC correspondent. Keith Olbermann, her MSNBC colleague, once referred to Ms. Cosby in an email as “she’s nice, but dumb as a suitcase full of rocks.” When advised of this, Rita responded “Keith is only half right, I’m not nice.” Now, that’s clever and was a nice way to run a sword through Olbermann. To Ms. Storm I would like to say—and I’m borrowing this phrase from Michael Wilbon—“Shut up, just shut up!”

Posted by: justchecking1 | February 24, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. ESPN will punish you for telling the simple truth. The POST, for example, has printed mush worse comments about some female's dress and style sense.

Posted by: tbarksdl | February 24, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Kornheiser said NOTHING WRONG. This is just some more Politicaly/Socially Correct Bullshit.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 24, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Really? So the guy makes fun of a woman's wardrobe and he gets suspended? It's not like he made a joke about a Down Syndrome baby or called someone a retard. He said that he skirt was too short and that her blouse was too tight. There is nothing offensive there.

Posted by: Nogard13 | February 24, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Give me a break! can't anybody take a joke any more?!? Everything TK says on the air is obviously tongue-in-cheek, so what's the problem. Hannah needs to get real, and learn how to roll with the punches. Or- don't get mad, get even! There is plenty that can be said about TK in rebuttal.

Posted by: kmm88 | February 24, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

TK is hilarious. Hannah Storm is a babe. Nothing has changed as a result of TK's humor.

Posted by: hz9604 | February 24, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I wrote Guinness ( a sponsor of PTI) to tell them that I will not drink a single Guinness until Tony is reinstated; with all of the black and tans that I drink, watch for its stock to drop dramatically. :-) It is the least that I can do for my man Tony. He and Wilbon are great together, I cannot watch this Florida bum who is replacing TK. What an idiot. As for Hanna Storm, maybe Tony should have kept his thoughts to himself, but he is spot on. You are 47 years old, either find someone who can dress you or go to radio; you are a joke!

Posted by: Phillip258 | February 24, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

ahahahahhahahaha Has Tony looked in the mirror lately. Two Words
COMB OVER ahahahahhahahahhaha
Instead of suspending Tony Comb Over- why not give the viewers a day of retribution and call in- tell Mr. Comb Over what they really think of his whinny- nasal- combed over show. ahahahahhahahah
Hannah Storm is gorgeous and well Mr. Comb over sounded like a middle school geek longing for some female attention.
Mr. Comb Over’s remarks do not merit suspension- just viewer response put him back in his chair and then perhaps someone at ESPN give Comb Over a gift card to Hair Cuttery – since he does not have that much to snip and clip Hair Cuttery could do the trick.
GLASS HOUSES – Mr. Comb Over- Glass Houses

Posted by: blonde19 | February 24, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

This is really just Tony being Tony. Not a big deal at all. Hannah Storm gets paid well and I'm sure so a comment on a local radio show is no big deal to her. I enjoy watching PTI so I look forward to Tony being back soon.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | February 24, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Tony - your comb-over is "horrible"...
Tony - your borscht belt humor is "horrible"...
Tony - your infantile analysis is "horrible"...
Tony - keep your day job (playing up to 22 y.o.'s with 12 y.o. brain's) because your future is "horrible"....

Posted by: RiSKybizness | February 24, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Jokes are supposed to be funny. Don't watch enough Hanna Storm to know if his comments are valid or not but Kornheiser is over the top at what he calls humor. He drives points that have never been funny into the ground.

Funny how people don't like Lebetard or Wise, the two journalist that DON'T hate the athletes.

Posted by: millineumman | February 24, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Why would the Post feature this article without a picture of Storm in the outfit in question?

Posted by: bartgrover | February 24, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Phillip258 - Black and Tans are an insult to the Irish people. Reference 1916 please. From now on, drink half and halfs, a true Irish drink. Otherwise I'll hunt you down, pour pitch on your head and light it afire to avenge my ancestors.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | February 24, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hanna Storm is just Hot. I missed her when she left ESPN for the morning show. She wears some geat outfits on ESPN and she knows her product better than Tony does. He's just hating as usual. Tony stick to your column...... I love Hanna Storm! That's my girl!!!!

Posted by: mthamess | February 24, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

BTW who's the fool that let her onstage in that outfit. They should be suspended. If ESPN is that sensitive then send ALL of the talking heads to How to dress for TV. It may have been a bit on the sensitive side but where's the line. For God's sake he criticized her outfit as poor taste akin to a Catholic girl outfit.

Has she worn it since? Then maybe it was a bad choice....

Posted by: psegretto | February 24, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

WaPo,PTI, maybe the NFL if they are keeping, as he put it in his own words, a "troll" that should shut the f up, as he has no decent input to aply to any football games. Granted his banter w/ Wilbon is good, I like his radio show, but NFL, let alone Prime Time, nope.
Either way all concerned with his statements got them ALL free press, and Tony gets a free 2 week vacation, ahh I'm sure he's really mad.
Personaly I now have to go home 2nt and google that pic. THERE'S NOTHING HOTTER THAN THAT SCHOOLGIRL LOOK, and w/ go-go boots, yumm and if a woman has the figure to pull it off, regardless of age then three words. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!

Posted by: ursofakingdumb1 | February 24, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Tony needs to get in touch with his female side.

Now if a few D.C. women would do the same . . .

Posted by: gmuhokie2009 | February 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Oh…so it’s OK to “jone” on the competition like Hoda Kotb and Bob Costas (Bob Costas should be fair game) but when you bring it home you get smacked down for it…hmmm, so… Mr. Executive vice president John Skipper I have a question for you… you hittin that?

FREE TONY BALDHEISER!

P.S. I haven’t seen Mr. Tony in a while, is he still orange?

Posted by: oda155 | February 24, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Free Mr. Tony!!!

Posted by: michaelguss | February 24, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Go to Slate, the Post's partner site, and read Jack Shafer's take on Kornheiser's reputation for out and out nastiness.

Case in point: Dave McKenna, who worked at City Paper, also used to freelance for the Post about horse racing. He wrote something mildly critical about Kornheiser in City Paper, Kornheiser confronted him at a Post event and, with red faced anger, told him he would never write for the paper again. Sure enough, George Solomon, then sports editor, called McKenna and told him there would be no more freelance work. He was sorry about it, but "I've got a department to run."

Plainly and simply, Tony K is an egomaniac whose sense of humor is limited to ridiculing other people.

Posted by: jhpurdy | February 24, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

time for mr tony to go.........

Posted by: mikepatrick1 | February 24, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

TK really wants to pone Storm...he all but admitted it by going 'in' on her gear. Had she wrapped those go-go boot clad legs around him, he'd of been happy as clown with a fifth of bourbon...

Posted by: kahlua87 | February 24, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Kornheiser is way too full of himself. He trys to be funny, but i.e. he really is a troll.

Posted by: lek91091 | February 24, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Look, I'm female. I know TK is an ass, but seriously? Storm (aka Soren, who DOES that?) has consistently dressed in an unprofessional way.

Let's look at the reality here: sports industry is male-dominated. If, as a not unattractive female, you want to be taken seriously (ASSUMING she wants to be taken seriously) you don't dress like you're trying to regain your lost, making out with the football team in the bathroom college years.

Unless all she wants to be is ESPN poster candy. In which case she can stand there in the sausage casing outfit du jour while someone else talks.

Posted by: Clairebell | February 24, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Kornheiser had every right to say what he said. That being said, he is still not funny. His shtick is as old and tired as he is.

Posted by: dmk196 | February 24, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: knjon353 | February 24, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Furthermore, any wearing that outfit should be made fun of she look like Big Bird on LSD.

Posted by: knjon353 | February 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Storm is just trying too hard...Is this a Cougar on the loose?

Posted by: october30 | February 24, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Kornheiser knows sports inside & out. I enjoy his Pardon The Interruption show. It's entertaining even if you're not a sports freak. His remark/s is going to cause her lasting harm & mental anguish? Do the ESPN anchors pick their own clothes or do they get advice/counsel/censure from ESPN management. "Don't forget to wear a bra & panties. The Napalm Death t-shirt wasn't a good idea." It's so easy for women to make godawful fashion choices. Obese women with legs like tree trunks wearing miniskirts & stomping around.

Posted by: uncivil | February 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Forget that what he said was true and not remotely deserving of a suspension.

He's suspended from PTI, but not his radio show, even though he made this comment on his radio show???

ESPN is a joke.

Posted by: wassavi | February 24, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Kornster was probably 'being real' cause a he'd just polished one off whilst looking at her pic. There's always a few moments of clarity after that.

Posted by: jeremyisett | February 24, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

TK has long been known to be one of the biggest pricks around town. no surprises here. if you notice that ppl who've actually had some sort of interaction with him think he's the biggest jerk they ever met.. only ppl who haven't met him remain fans for the most part. Pretty telling

Posted by: unkonchus | February 24, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The men on ESPN all wear formal suit and ties. The women are apparently going clubbing as soon as taping is finished.

Double Standards?

This endless PC whining is so tiring. Leave men alone already!!

Posted by: theobserver4 | February 24, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Is he gay?

Well, kudos to ESPN for promoting diversity!

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | February 24, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

2 weeks for commenting on a colleague's wardrobe? that's the battle espn picks? really, a month after mike greenberg & his "coon" slip on mlk's birthday? wtf?

Posted by: sevenohthrillaz | February 24, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

ESPN IS A DISGRACE. HANNAHS LOOKS LOVELY AND CAN GET IT ANYTIME. ESPN NEEDS TO GO AWAY.

Posted by: futureflavas | February 24, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

ESPN hasn't gone far enough in suspending Tony. Someone from HR should show up at his house and terminate him in front of his entire family. After firing him, his dog should be kicked and the air let out of his car tires. The car should also be keyed for good measure. At that point, Tony should be taken away in handcuffs and waterboarded in the basement of the local police station. He should be forced to hold his hand over a burning candle until at least 3 layers of skin have completely disappeared. He should then be forced to listen to Feelings by Morris Albert for 6 hours while sitting on a cue stick cemented vertically into the floor. He should be taken outside and set on fire. His eyes should be held open by toothpicks while he's burning and he should be shot at least 10 times. Let the punishment = the crime I say :)

Posted by: randysbailin | February 24, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

@gasmonkey (who bitched to the Post's editor about a Kornman article, and was surprised to receive a nasty phone call from the author, himself) -- it's not that you had it coming, you probably were correct in your complaining. But if you bash someone, expect to be bashed back. E-Mail is not private, btw, nor is communicating with a corporate entity. Can't believe you're so naive.

As to Tony speaking as to Hannah, he was indeed suspended due to the current macho culture discussed in the article. Back off, feminine radicals, the article also stated Tony likes to bash the dressing habits of Bob Costas and other males so he's an equal opportunity offender. This means you CANNOT take the position he's bashing women. I mean he is, but not ONLY women.

I don't care for Kornheiser personally, but the man already apologized to Hannah so he's going to do his two weeks penance and then it's over. Done with. History.

You have the right to make this out to be more than it is, using this incident to rally behind whatever wacko personal cause ignites your passion. But you'd also be an idiot to do so in my book, and you will be ignored as this incident has been dealt with fairly and completely in context to the "damage" wreaked by this self described "troll".

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | February 24, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Back off, feminine radicals, the article also stated Tony likes to bash the dressing habits of Bob Costas and other males so he's an equal opportunity offender. This means you CANNOT take the position he's bashing women. I mean he is, but not ONLY women.
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Funny how you read that -- I didn't.

A bit high-strung?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | February 24, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

More and more we are seeing people penalized for speaking the truth and that is very concerning for our civil liberties. Tony is not my cup-of-tea but censoring his thoughts when he was only being Tony and verbalizing what the rest of us thought when we saw Hanna's outfit makes this action against him frightening and a sad day for America.

Posted by: jabsemp | February 24, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Look, Tony K was just joking around. It's talk radio, think of all the inflammatory things about stuff that actually matters that are espoused on talk radio daily by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Al Franken. He and Gary Braun are hilarious together, and he gets paid to cajole and poke fun. If they kept everything perfectly tasteful and non-opinionated the show would be bland and boring. Plus ESPN has a pretty awful track record with suspending people for what it deems inappropriate conduct. Anyone remember when the fired Harold Reynolds without telling him, or anyone else, why? ESPN's policies on this kind of stuff are inconsistent at best.

Posted by: CarlJ | February 24, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what she's wearing? She's hot.

Posted by: case50 | February 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Why is Tony K being hassled about commenting on the clothes choice of a female colleague? If he commented about her as a person then I could see being suspended but about her clothes??? GIVE ME A BREAK. If she and the ESPN management are so thin skinned about criticism then they have no business being in the commentary business and I have no business watching ESPN.

Posted by: barryh80 | February 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I am an African American man at 56. Hannah Storm dresses like a $8 street whore. For me this is being mild. What is she thinking with these outfits. They have no class or glamor ... at all. She is 47 and on the Sports Reporters with dress mid-thigh, legs crossed.

Somebody needs to make her understand how trashy she looks. I'm reminded of a line from a comedian, "She may not be a whore, but she she's wearing a whore's uniform."

I have seen some dresses that were age appropriate and made her look absolutely GREAT! and by extension sexy. Tony does not need to be suspended. It is Hannah and her producers who let her go on the air that should long ago been suspended

Posted by: ke73 | February 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Not surprising. He makes very arrogant comments. Two years ago on the local radio station in Washington Metropolitan area he made damaging comments on Sanjaya(American Idol)as if he was an expert in Music and all those who voted for Sanjaya till last 4 were fools. Also on one Indian doctor who said that drinking one's own urine is good for health, he ridiculed the doctor as if he knew more about medicine. He deserves removal. Just because he might be an expert(??)in sports it does not mean he can comment on dresses of other sport hosts.
Ganeshan

Posted by: ganeshan | February 24, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about over-sensitive. This is over-the-top overreaction. Tony is often a jerk, but that's his schtick. Now he knows how to take a vacation from PTI, however -- just speak the truth about someone appearing on ESPN, the most arrogant network on the air.

Posted by: dolph924 | February 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

It WAS a crazy outfit...where is the espn ombudsman, Don Ohlmeyer? So he can criticize women outside of espn (Kotb), but they can't work for espn...nice hypocrisy.

Posted by: ljk76 | February 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Publicity stunt.

Posted by: shanks1 | February 24, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Not to channel AI, but we are talking about an OUTFIT. What's next, Swami's choice in neckties. This is sports. Hannah Storm does a great job and would look great/do a great job in any outfit. Better to stick to sports in the commentary.

Posted by: balloulog | February 24, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

He is not exactly casanova. For him to be criticizing a colleague, specially on a national TV, shows what an arrogant jerk he is. Get rid off him altogether. The PTI can find other replacement and he will be soon forgotten.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 24, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Rule #1: never criticize a woman's clothes. Even if you are right.
Rule #2 You are never right when it comes to a woman's clothes

Hannah can wear what she wants. She looks good. She doesn't have to wear a burlap bag or Dior for that.

Posted by: anti1 | February 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Seems like ESPN is overly sensitive to criticisms of "protected" groups. Just more left leaning, politically corect media censorship.

Posted by: amazd | February 23, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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Which rock did you crawl under from?

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 24, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It's just interesting to me how ESPN management can suspend Mr. Kornheiser over his assessment of a colleague's clothing and have nothing to say about the racist remark made by Mike Greenberg on Martin Luther King Day.

Specifically, Mr. Greenberg called Martin Luther King a "Coon" and ESPN , the Washington Post and most of the media did not fully address that bigoted remark.

Now I read a quote from ESPN Management Executive VP John Skipper as follows :

"Tony Kornheiser's comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences... Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter."

Where was John Skipper on Martin Luther King Day ? Hannah Storm is no Martin Luther King and Mr. Greenbergs comments were not acceptable but they had no consequences.

ESPN is a joke.

Posted by: jwarabbit | February 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Hannah's a babe still to us old guys but Tony was spot on about her clothes. Lighten up ESPN.

Posted by: FLvet | February 24, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Tony is often scathing in his commentary, but he's also hilarious. His job is to entertain and he does it well. If my coworker made fun of what I was wearing, I'd tell him he was just jealous because he doesn't look as good in a skirt as I do. We'd all laugh and get back to work. It's a joke. Quit being such a baby.

Posted by: maryann8 | February 24, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser started out many years ago on WTEM and was OK. But as his popularity grew, so did his arrogance. He started talking about his listeners as "the littles". Well F Kornheiser! He rarely knows what he is talking about. He has plenty of opinions and very few facts. I love the fact that he has been suspended. Too bad it is not longer.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 24, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If you have not seen the outfit in question, you must see it. Google it. I thought she looked AMAZING! Nothing wrong with it at all! Every woman needs to sass it up every now and then.

This could be a ratings stunt.

Posted by: jwhitner | February 24, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's get to the bottom line. Hannah is a fox and Kornheiser is as ugly as home made sin.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 24, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

very very hypocritical on ESPN's part. PTI constantly demeans people in the sports world. Only when an ESPN employee is demeaned is it deemed inappropriate.

Posted by: Cznzy | February 24, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey ke73,
I find it interesting that you are so familiar with $8 whores. Is that all you can afford?

Posted by: chopin224 | February 24, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Tony was right whomever already posted for her to stop shopping at forever 21 and dress a lil more appropriate was spot on she wears that she is asking for trashing

Posted by: lildg54 | February 24, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser does know about sports. Part of his schtick is to pretend that he is clueless about sports. He is arrogant, grumpy, and gruff but entertaining when he has someone like Wilbon to balance him. If you listen to the end of PTI, you will sometime hear a more compassionate and serious person when he speaks about people from his inner circle. The thing I like about him is that he knows he's a bald jerk. At least he's not delusional.

Posted by: bkhoward1 | February 24, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hannah Storm's outfits are tactically designed and planned out to draw attention from her limited knowledge of topics and sports she is supposed to be discussing. If she takes offense so easily to Korn's comments - then she better not walk into a locker room. 'Sides I never hear Korn say anything negative about Sage Steele - now there's someone nice on the eyes.

Posted by: MDL7 | February 24, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example of the "double edge sword." If TK talked about Micheal Wilbon's outfit or any other males outift, we would have laugh for a few seconds and moved on. Instead he referenced a female and now it's not funny? In sports, you have to be tough. ESPN is a sports network and guys like to joke around. If Hannah Storm or any other female working around sports can't take it, maybe they should move on to the Cooking network.

Posted by: bigsherwin | February 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser, the guy who had a caller from Springfield, Ill. and said "Springfiled, Ill. the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln". This was interesting news to the folks from Kentucky where everyone, especially Lincoln's parents thought he was born. Kornheiser graduated from Nebbish to Putz to buffoon.

Posted by: chopin224 | February 24, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

What bothers me the most about ESPN is that when Mike Greenberg used a racially derogatory term...NOTHING WAS DONE! Now Tony Korny is being Tony Korny and ESPN SUSPENDS him from PTI....WHERE IS THE LOGIC IN THAT!

Posted by: brwnkoolaid | February 24, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The point is, folks, who DOES talk about any guy's clothes ... or looks for that matter? Let me be the first: this is just another frightenly unattractive man who has the gall to judge a woman's appearance and attractiveness. Like those nerds who stand off to the side rating girls they are too socially inept to approach. Give it a rest, guys. Nobody cares what you think!

As for the commenter who said women need to dress professionally if they want to be taken seriously....casual dress is today's apparel and it is much easier to dress casually when you are male. Ever noticed that today women's shirts/blouses/tops are all 'tailored'...in other words, the 'baby doll' look? Tight and clingy? Let's put the blame where it lies. With our culture and one of its most hideous products, the fashion industry.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | February 24, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser should be suspended. Hope this teaches him a lesson, though I doubt it will. He'll say something stupid again and it will cost him. There's no pretty end to this. I see a Jimmy the Greek ending for this guy.

Posted by: twilson66 | February 24, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Why do we have to be so politically correct all the time for stupid things. This is what Tony does. He makes fun of people all the time. This is what we like about him. ESPN is going too far. I want Tony back on PTI. This is all getting out of hand.

And I didn't see the outfit in question, but I saw Hannah on The Sports Reports on Sunday, and she needs to do some more upper arm exercises if she is going to be wearing sleeveless dressed. She was jiggling all over the place. Oh, no if I worked for ESPN I'd get suspended.

Posted by: jtsw | February 24, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hannah is hot. Her dress on last Sunday's The Sport's Repoters was a little skimpy around her arms. Her legs looked fine, but my girl needs to a few tricep pushups and dips.

Posted by: reindeerterp | February 24, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Tony and Gary Braun and the rest of the team are great. I checked out the show this morning and it made my day

Posted by: cwilli8481 | February 24, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Seems like ESPN is overly sensitive to criticisms of "protected" groups. Just more left leaning, politically corect media censorship.

Posted by: amazd | February 23, 2010 5:15 PM

But thats the beauty of being a right winger. You live in your own world of political correctness and incorrectness when is suits you so the comments should only matter if he said something about sara palins outfit. Then you would demand a left leaning apology.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 24, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Absurd he gets suspended for making derogatory comments about a woman when he does the same with men.

Posted by: theFieldMarshall | February 24, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

This just in:

13 more women, and 6 men, have come forward with accusations that Kornheiser made fun of their work attire. Village People member "The Construction Guy" said that Korneier's malicious description of his outfit sent him spiraling into a deep depression that was only cured by looking at old photos of the newly elected Senator from Massachusetts.

A spokesperson for Ms. Storm stated that their is no hope for reconciliation between Kornheiser and Storm and that a divorce between the two is inevitable.

Meanwhile, ESPN, concerned with maintaining its image of journalistic integrity, promises to devote its entire Sports Center show to Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, or Tiger Woods the next time any of them breath, sigh, or blink.

Posted by: ChicagoPete | February 24, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. Tony K. knows better. He has a habit of offending many and he's gotten away, for far too long, with his nasty, puerile comments for the sake of a laugh, always at someone else's expense. I am SO grateful he was replaced and no longer screws up MNF. Besides, he's supposed to be a sports analyst not a fashion advisor. If he were, then Tony needs to don some glasses the next time he passes a mirror. Tony, you're not the best-looking knife in the drawer, and yet you have the temerity to ridicule someone else's appearance? GIVE ME A BREAK.

Posted by: jetnarongaolcom | February 24, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr "Inflated Ego" Tony Kornheiser should be suspended for a minium of 5 years.

He is the worst journalist in the business.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | February 24, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen Hannah Storm look bad. She might look better some days than other days, but never bad.

I think it is ridiculous to suspend Kornheiser for expressing his opinion. It lacks class and tact but everyday somebody is getting ripped by some reviewer or critic. Hey! Lack of tact and class is his stock in trade. Thats why he is on the air. Its not for his looks and its not for his knowledge of sports. That is why ESPN hired him. Just don't trash ESPN employees, everyone else is fair game.

Why just Hannah Storm? If Kornheiser's comments about dress are offensive, suspend him every time he rips Bob Costas or Hoda Kotb.

Posted by: muddapucker | February 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

ESPN can suspend Kronheiser for his statement, but what about Mike Greenberg for his Martin Luther Coon statement. One mo' time the powers that be dropped the ball

Posted by: 1caveman | February 24, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Alright this entire this incident has been blown way out of proportion. Were Tony's comments offensive? Yes. Were his comments out of line? Yes. But this isolated incident has been turned into a spectacle by the liberal news media looking to make an example of Kornheiser as the poster-boy for our modern "macho" sports culture. Tony is a good guy and a great sports commentator. I know I'm still going to listen to him on the radio and watch the show when he's back on.

Posted by: SpOrTsDuDe8591 | February 24, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What's with ESPN's double standard. Every single male on ESPN, every talking head, dresses like a banker--tie and jacket. Everyone. Exceptions. Not one.

Hannah was dressed like she was either going to a Halloween party or worse--no need to be nasty here. How does ESPN justify T for calling her out on it, while all the males are toeing the line?

This article is a bit snarky, it seems to me, and bespeaks the bad blood between T and what he calls on his radio show "The Wall Street Post." One would think that the Post would have done better in covering this issue than to prove T's point.

Have to say, the paper has become a piece of junk, everybody I know thinks so. Why we still buy it? Habbit.

What the heck good is a sports section that does not tell its readers what sports are being played in town at various local colleges? Ticks me off. so does the tone of this article.

Posted by: cohenra | February 24, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I saw a photo of the dress she had on and I wonder why doesn't Kornhole just come out of the closet already! What a Phaggot this guy is! And who is he to comment on anyone's clothes?!?

JEW
KNOW
IT
ALL
PHAGGOT!

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And it was lead or high, I didn't see the start but about first on Inside Edition gossip show tonight.

Posted by: kls1 | February 24, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about the Post, I looked on ESPN's comment boards, and they delete like, every third comment that's negative about anyone at ESPN. Can't say that about the Post, they leave the really really negative comments up there, if they follow the rules.

Posted by: kls1 | February 24, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

And this comment about Hannah Storm comes from the definition of a Penis With Ears? You have got to be kinding that someone looking like Kornholer could be commenting on someones looks???

Posted by: jik47 | February 24, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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