NBC sportscaster Cris Collinsworth is slammed as sexist for saying he was ‘blown away’ by women’s knowledge of football in Pittsburgh during Steelers-Ravens game
- Collinsworth made his remarks on Wednesday while discussing interactions he had with football fans in Pittsburgh
- Collinsworth said, ‘Everybody’s a fan, in particular the ladies that I met. They had really specific questions about the game and I’m like: wow.’
- Many, including sports reporters, immediately pushed back against Collinsworth
- The star later apologized online, writing: ‘I know the way I phrased it insulted many. I’m so sorry’
- Earlier this season, he also made a mockery of a mask mandate in Santa Clara
- This week, two women made history for their accomplishments in football
NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth has been blasted for comments he made about female sports fans during Wednesday’s coverage of an NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
The game took place in Pittsburgh, which allowed Collinsworth to relay his thoughts and experiences interacting with the football fans of the city.
During the second quarter, Collinsworth said, ‘Everybody’s a fan, in particular the ladies that I met. They had really specific questions about the game and I’m like: wow.’
‘You’re just blown away about how strong the fans are here in this town.’
But his comments were slammed as sexist online.
Cris Collinsworth is facing backlash for sexist comments he made on-air Wednesday afternoon
‘Countless women enjoy and have a deep knowledge of football. Cris Collinsworth saying he’s blown away that women in Pittsburgh ask specific football questions was not good,’ tweeted Chris Vannini, a reporter for The Athletic.
‘Lol at Cris Collinsworth being “blown away” that female Steelers fans exist,’ said Katherine Terrell, another reporter.
Others on social media also blasted Collinsworth for his sexist comments. One user gave Collinsworth a ‘c’mon man,’ while another mocked his backhanded insult of Pittsburgh.
One user even went for the jugular, claiming most women were probably more knowledgeable about the sport than Collinsworth.
The Athletic report Chris Vannini led the backlash against Collinsworth’s comments
But others came to the commentator’s defense, though, saying the remarks were meant as a compliment to the city of Pittsburgh for being superior to other football cities.
One wrote: ‘He was surprised how many women came up to him in Pittsburgh asking specific questions about the game. As in, it was more than other cities. I thought it was a compliment to our city and the women here who love sports.’
Collinsworth himself issued a mea culpa on Twitter after the game: ‘Today on our broadcast I made reference to a couple of women that I met in Pittsburgh who so impressed me with their football knowledge that I wanted to tell their story on the air. I know the way I phrased it insulted many. I’m so sorry.
‘What I intended as a compliment to the fans of Pittsburgh, became an insult.
‘I’m sick about insulting any fan, but especially female fans and journalists. I know first hand how much harder they have to work than any of us in this industry.
‘I was wrong and I deeply apologize.’
Collinsworth posted a length apology for his comments after the game was complete
As the New York Post reports, this isn’t the first time Collinsworth has been embroiled in controversy in 2020.
In October, Collinsworth and broadcast partner Al Michaels were required to wear masks in the booth while calling a game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles due to local ordinances in Santa Clara.
Collinsworth and Michaels responded by expressing frustration and cracking jokes about the requirement during the broadcast.
Collinsworth’s comments about female fans were made more unfortunate by the historic happenings around football for women this week.
On Saturday, Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller made history by becoming the first female to play in a Power 5 conference college football game.
And on Sunday, Callie Brownson served as the interim tight ends coach for the Cleveland Browns, becoming the first woman to coach an NFL position group during a game in the regular season.
Sarah Fuller made history this weekend by becoming the first female to kick in a Power 5 conference college football game when she teed off a kickoff for Vanderbilt
Callie Brownson also made history this weekend, becoming the first female to coach a position group during an NFL regular season game when she filled in as tight end coach for Cleveland