THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [Updated -- Czaban and Pollin suspended. See below.] “That could be a Russian chick” and “I think ‘it’ is the politically correct term” said ESPN radio’s Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin describing transgender college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig during a show on Dec. 6th.
According to some listeners, it was among the nastiest and horrifying transphobic rants they ever heard.
National Center for Lesbian Rights’ Helen Carroll: “The horrific comments by ESPN’s Radio’s Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin show a level of disrespect and harmful rhetoric that is inexcusable. They called Gabrielle Ludwig, transgender California Community College student-athlete, “it”. This and their entire transphobic rant shows a level of ignorance and just plain ‘meanness’ that I try to stay away from. Unfortunately, the many transgender sports participants I have had the privilege to work with, are not shielded from hateful people such as Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin.”
News reports say they later made a short 10-second apology for using the word “it”. However, some insist that the apology wasn’t enough.
UPDATED Dec 11, 2012: SteveCzaban and Andy Pollin have been suspended. This is from Outsports.com:
“From ESPN 980 has suspended radio hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin for their heinous attack on Gabrielle Ludwig and other transgender athletes on their Dec. 6 show. The station has released this statement:
We strongly believe two of our employees crossed the line when discussing a tanssexual person on their program last Thursday. Such intolerance and insensitivity will never be tolerated by this company. Due to the nature of their conversation, the pair have been temporarily removed from ESPN980′s Sports Reporter program.”
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More details: [TRIGGER WARNING!] ESPN Radio’s Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin in horrific anti-transgender rant – Outsports.
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