The NBC commentator talked about meeting knowledgeable “ladies” and doubled down on his patronizing tone.
“Everybody’s a fan, in particular the ladies that I met,” he said. “They had really specific questions about the game. I’m, like, wow. You’re just blown away by how strong the fans are here in this town.”
Collinsworth apologized later on Twitter, saying that what he intended as a compliment became an insult because of his poor phrasing. He said he was particularly upset that he hurt female journalists. “I know firsthand how much harder they have to work than any of us in the industry,” he wrote.
But Twitter had already let him have it for his sexism.
Did Cris Collinsworth really just say he was blown away that “even the ladies I met” in Pittsburgh want to talk football? It’s fucking 2020, dude. Progress. -H
— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) December 2, 2020
So far this year, Cris Collinsworth has made fun of wearing masks and seems stunned that “ladies” know about football. Maybe @NFL could fill him in about their viewership demographics. He seems to be a newbie to this game.
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) December 2, 2020