ESPN apparently fired betting analyst Kelly Stewart before her first day at the network because of nine-year-old tweets that she had already disclosed years earlier in a former job with Turner Sports.
Stewart reportedly called an online taunter a “fag” in 2012, which is now considered a homophobic slur. She later apologized for the language, but not for standing up to her “misogynistic” online attackers.
ESPN apparently didn’t look into Stewart’s social media history before hiring her last month, then fired her when it came to their attention.
Stewart released a statement saying that she believes she is a “better person” than she was a decade ago and that women have more challenges in the field of sports journalism than men.
She said she didn’t think people should be judged by their worst tweets, and that she wishes ESPN had stood behind her.
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