ESPN’s Mina Kimes shedded a bright light on the reality of her role as a female sports analyst after sharing a screenshot of a sexist email that she received from a troll who is clearly miserable with their life.
The photo posted on her Twitter showed a message from a man named Charles Brown with the subject line reading “STOP!” The rest of the email then went on to encourage Kimes to “stop embarrassing yourself and pretending to actually know anything about male sports.”
“The only reason you’re at ESPN is due to affirmative action,” Brown claimed in his email. “Jeff Saturday must privately feel so emasculated having to pretend to have an intellectual back and forth about professional football with someone wearing lipstick and high heels.”
Kimes was able to react to the email with humor as she posted it with the caption, “Sir this is a Wendy’s.”
After Kimes shared this nasty email on Twitter, several of her colleagues came to her defense. Stephen A. Smith is the latest: “Ditto! Mina Kimes makes us all better,” Smith tweeted on Wednesday. “She’s phenomenal. Proud to have her on my team any day. Boy, that clown is lucky I’m still out with Covid!”
Saturday took to his own social media account to defend his co-worker.
“This is absolute trash! Mina is fantastic at her job and has earned everything she has at ESPN,” Saturday tweeted. “I can also tell you that I have reached out to Mina a number of times so that she could teach me about the use of analytics in football. She makes our NFL team better.Pipe down Charlie.”
ESPN shared additional support for Kimes with the following statement to Yahoo: “Mina’s role at ESPN is a groundbreaking one that she’s completely earned. Thanks to her hard work and a deep understanding of the game, Mina’s voice is universally respected throughout the league, as well as by her peers, many of whom played the game at the highest level. Mina is a fantastic colleague and our team is better because of her.”
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