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Sports Cris Collinsworth apologizes for comment about being 'blown away' by female fans' NFL knowledge

16:15  03 december  2020
16:15  03 december  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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“Everybody is a fan ," Collinsworth said of the Steel City. "Particularly, the ladies… I was like ‘wow,’ just blown away by it.” We assume this was an attempt for Collinsworth to compliment the football intelligence of Pittsburgh’s female popoulation, but it did not go over well, nor should it have.

It's been an eventful year behind the microphone for Cris Collinsworth.

Earlier this season, he and "Sunday Night Football" broadcast partner Al Michaels caught flak for making jokes about being required to wear masks throughout their call at Levi Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, at the request of local health officials.

With Michaels off this week, replaced by Mike Tirico, Collinsworth found himself in hot water once again. 

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During the second quarter of the broadcast of Wednesday's Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game, Collinsworth said in reference to Pittsburgh, "Everybody's a fan. In particular, the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game, and I'm like, 'Wow,' you’re just blown away by how strong the fans are here in this town." 

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The backlash online was swift, prompting Collinsworth to issue an apology statement posted on Twitter. 

"Today on our broadcast I made reference to a couple of women I met in Pittsburgh who so impressed me with their football knowledge that I wanted to tell their story on the air," Collinsworth wrote. "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. 

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"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 deeply apologize."  

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cris Collinsworth apologizes for comment about being 'blown away' by female fans' NFL knowledge

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