Every industry or profession, at one time or another, has had pioneers, people who have blazed a trail for others to follow. Female sports journalism is no exception, and one of its biggest pioneers – if not the biggest pioneer – is Andrea Kremer.
In 1989, the Philadelphia native became the first female sports correspondent in ESPN history and has since worked for several big-name outlets, including CBS and HBO. She has covered virtually every major sporting event in the United States and has won multiple Emmy awards. Now 56, Kremer, who is also a co-host on We Need To Talk, believes women have come a long way in sports journalism.
And then along came Britt McHenry.
The 28-year-old ESPN reporter certainly didn’t do her gender any favors last month, as a video surfaced of her berating an employee of a tow company. McHenry, as has been well-documented, insulted the woman’s appearance, informed her that she was famous and threatened to sue the company.
McHenry later apologized on Twitter, saying that her emotions got the best of her in “an intense and stressful moment.” ESPN suspended her one week for her actions.
Was this a big deal, a little deal or no deal at all?
“Well, you know what? It was made into a big deal because this is the world that we live in,” Kremer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Everybody makes mistakes, and I’m sure everybody at some point has acted in a way that, upon further review, they would not find to be the most professional or whatever it is. The problem – the issue I have – is, look, everybody can have a bad moment, but she pulled the TV card. ‘I’m on TV. Do you know who I am?’ And to me, that’s sort of the most insidious thing.
“I feel for her,” Kremer continued. “She’s a young woman. Without any hyperbole, for the rest of her life, whenever you Google her name, this is going to come up. It’s going to be there for perpetuity. That’s another thing that people have to understand. Look, on one hand, you don’t know what was happening on the other end. However, she clearly knew that she was being taped. And so, it’s a tough, tough learning lesson. I certainly feel for her, but she brought it upon herself by pulling that card, and unfortunately you have to pay the price.
“No human being – forget about what you do for a living – should treat somebody like that. But especially if you are in the public eye, don’t draw more attention to it and to yourself. It was a very, very, very unfortunate situation.
Kremer, if you’re curious, has never pulled the “I’m on TV, and I’ve won multiple Emmys” card.
“Absolutely not,” Kremer said, laughing. “That’s not the way that I roll, no. I must admit there’s times (I’ve used it) to try to get an interview, but not to excuse any kind of bad behavior that I might have had.”