ESPN isn’t reporting the story, telling the Associated Press “it has no bearing on her role as an on-air reporter.”
“Erin has been grievously wronged here,” ESPN's Krulewitz said. “Our people and resources are in full support of her as she deals with this abhorrent act.”
Not everyone is so sympathetic. Veteran sportswriter Christine Brennan, posting on Twitter, said, “Andrews incident is bad, but to add perspective: there are 100s of women sports journalists who have never had this happen to them.”
She continued, “women sports journalists need to be smart and not play to the frat house. There are tons of nuts out there.”
Andrews, a repeat winner as Playboy’s “Sexiest Sportscaster,” is a favorite on the Web, with roughly 366,000 images showing up in a Google search.
In a 2006 interview with the AJC, Andrews, who got her start with Turner Sports, expressed frustration with the “dumb blonde” stereotype.
“You can get off on the way you look for only so long until people figure you out, “ she said. “People judge you and say, ‘She got her job because of her looks, ‘ but they don’t know I was up at 2 a.m. studying and reading as much as I can about the game ahead.”