ESPN sticking with Barstool Sports after Sam Ponder reveals sexist, vulgar comments

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2017

Now, another has called out a show that will appear on one of its networks and drew the ESPN's support as well as a reminder that it would be watching "Barstool Van Talk" closely. And though she mistakenly accused Katz of writing the article, she stood by her opposition to ESPN's partnership with Barstool.

Ponder, who previously hosted ESPN's "College GameDay", clarified on Tuesday, but also called out Katz for a previous negative "rundown" - an audio segment from 2014 in which he and Portnoy call her a "fraud" and a "slut". Ponder questioned at the time why certain websites that "constantly disrespect women & objectify their bodies" criticized the former Ravens running back for a domestic violence incident against his to-be wife that cost him his National Football League career. "Quite the stance", Feitelberg wrote. She is a valued colleague and doing a great job for us.

"Seriously you sound like a KO Barstool freak, not a chick that has a job where the #1 requirement is you make men hard", the note read. "We are doing a show with Big Cat and (co-host) PFT, and we do have final say on the content of that show". Hey what do you want me to do? So give it a rest with your righteous indignation. I like pretty girls wearing little clothes and I think it's amusing that women are not great drivers.

In a Twitter message to "Van Talk" and "Pardon My Take" podcast co-host Dan "Big Cat" Katz, Ponder addressed a 2014 post that labeled her a "bible-thumping freak" and told her to go "f-k herself" for a tweet she posted following the Ray Rice scandal. Bottomline [sic] is guys thinking chicks are hot is natural. But that doesn't mean we don't respect women and think it's okay to hit a woman. I'm just confused about the disciplinary weirdness from the World Wide Leader. During a March interview with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, Ponder opened up about the many offensive tweets she has received on social media. We want to see you sex it up and be slutty and not see some prude [expletive] jerk who everybody hates and who's married to the worst quarterback who wears the ring and "God first" and this and that.

"The comments about Sam Ponder were offensive and inappropriate, and we understand her reaction", Burke Magnus, the executive vice president for programming and scheduling, said in an email to The Washington Post. "Everyone hates her but no one will say it out loud". The whispers are that a few ESPN employees felt they deserved a show before us and she is doing her best to get it cancelled before it begins.

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