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Was An Apology Really Needed? Cris Collinsworth Forced To Apologize For Comment About Female Fans

The past few years will probably go down in the history books as the “apology era” because it feels like everyone is out here apologizing for something.

Sometimes the apologies are necessary, but sometimes…I don’t know.

During the Steelers vs. Ravens game, long-time announcer Cris Collinsworth talked about how knowledgable the fans are in Pittsburgh. Specifically, he talked about the female fans.

He talked about how two women came up to him before the game, “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.”

This set people off on social media. People were slamming him for being sexist. It’s 2020! Why would he be shocked that ladies know a lot about football? HE MUST BE AN EVIL PERSON!

Not long after the game ended, Collinsworth sent out an apology for his comments…

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.

That’s nice and all, but was it really necessary? I mean, I thought it was clear he was talking about Pittsburgh, specifically about how great the fans are.

I don’t know. Perhaps it did sound a little sexist, but at the end of the day, it was harmless. Unless he’s going around the studio, giving the ladies of the office a patronizing pat on the back every time they know some obscure stat, I think he’s okay.

But I suppose an apology doesn’t hurt.

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