Sportswriter says Erin Andrews is 'the Kardashian of televised sports'

Jeff Pearlman decided that it was Andrews who was at fault during controversial interview with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Posted By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   Jan. 22, 2014 at 1:22 PM
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The postgame interview that Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews conducted with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman following the NFC Championship game went viral, and many people were critical of the fiery defensive back.

At least one person has an issue with the way Andrews handled things as well.

In an article on his website, sportswriter Jeff Pearlman called Andrews the “the Kardashian of televised sports.”

“The thing is, Erin Andrews has done nothing wrong. She was born pretty, she was a college athlete, she speaks well and she likes sports. If someone wants to pay her huge amounts of money for that, well, so be it. She’s the Kardashian of televised sports -- and being a Kardashian has worked out pretty well for the actual Kardashians,” Pearlman wrote.

“The problem comes when something like the Richard Sherman situation arises, and Fox’s sideline star looks overwhelmed and out of her league and lost. Bonnie Bernstein (the gold standard, in my opinion), fires right back -- hard. So does Jim Gray -- confrontational, edgy, oft-hated -- but a guy who doesn’t digest an athlete’s nonsense with an crooked smile and a ‘Back to you, Troy …”’

Andrews was hired away from ESPN by Fox after a hidden-camera scandal that as a side-effect raised her profile nationally. During a later interview, Andrews called the Sherman rant "awesome."

Pearlman concludes:

“See, surface beauty only travels so far before people demand something more to stay tuned. Sports fans, ultimately, want insight and professionalism and high-caliber questions. They want follow-up reporting. Or, sadly, they want 28 and wrinkle-free. Sigh.”

[Awful Announcing]

[Jeff Pearlman]

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