Just four weeks ago, it was announced that Kelly Stewart was joining ESPN as a sports betting analyst, expanding the network’s roster of analysts as coverage of sports betting continues to grow across ESPN’s platforms.
The good times did not last long as it was reported this week that they were parting ways with her after some homophobic tweets surfaced from nine years ago.
Here are those tweets that she had scrubbed from her account where she used an anti-gay slur.
Other tweets dove into COVID-19 denial and conspiracy theory territory.
“Clearly we were lied to about the severity of this virus,” Stewart said in an August 2020 tweet that is still on her verified account. “Time to realize it’s true affects [sic] are worse than the virus itself.”
Stewart has since sent out a statement:
“I’m very excited about my opportunity to work for ESPN,” said Stewart when she got hired on. “As a kid from small town Kansas, I grew up watching Kansas State teams during the Bill Snyder era and was immediately hooked on sports.
“Gambling has always been a part of my life, starting with wagering against friends on the outcome of events to playing cards and rolling dice,” she said. “I guess you could say the move to Las Vegas after college was just a natural progression for me, and I quickly gravitated to legal sports betting. I was privileged to be mentored by some of the best in the business.
“I’m looking forward to sharing my expertise with ESPN viewers and sports fan everywhere.”
Stewart most recently had been an analyst for Bleacher Report and for WagerTalk.com.