Update On What Linda Cohn Didn’t Say About me

UPDATE: I’ve been told that Cohn actually said “time” and the interview was incorrectly transcribed. Much ado about nothing. My apologies to Linda, who has always been a cool lady. Should’ve known.

Jimmy Shapiro of SportsRadioInterviews.com tipped me off to an interview by ESPN’s Linda Cohn on 790 The Zone in Atlanta this morning that contained a comment I’m trying to decipher.

Linda Cohn ESPN SportsCenter

Cohn was asked if Tony Kornheiser’s comment about Hannah Storm would’ve been cause for an ESPN reprimand if blogs weren’t around to report it. Cohn:

“Well in Tony’s case he said it on his own radio program, so you can’t blame the internet or blogs or anything like that for what Tony did, which was wrong. I’m glad you brought it up - about that slime - there was an incident that happened to me that was kind of brushed under the rug for something that was said by someone that I worked with. And if there was internet maybe 7 or 8 years ago, it would have maybe been a bigger deal.

So I totally get what you are saying. The other thing is the wardrobe thing which I can speak to. I wrote about it in my book Cohn Head. This was about 6 years ago or something like that. I wore something on the air, I didn’t think it was a big deal. I wore black boots on the air, they were black. I wore a skirt that wasn’t flat, but apparently it was a little too short, and I wore a turtle neck top.

And it would have been a fine outfit anywhere else, but my boss called me into his office and said it’s a little too distracting; lose the boots. And that was handled with me, whether I liked it or not, it was handled in the right way by a boss calling me into his office.

The comment is just past the halfway mark of the interview. I’m guessing she was referring to me as “slime”, as I can’t imagine she’d call Tony that - especially in the wake of what just happened with Hannah.

But in the context of the conversation, it isn’t entirely clear.

Though if she did call me slime, it would be rather ironic.

Consider that Kornheiser on multiple occasions had dressed down Storm about her attire previously on his radio show, but ESPN acted only after TheBiglead.com posted a transcript of his comments which I then followed up on SbB - along with Deadspin.com.

Without that, there was plenty of precedent to suggest that nothing would’ve come of Kornheiser’s foul portrayal of his fellow ESPN colleague.

Also understand that Storm had been reprimanded for her dress by ESPN management before Kornheiser made his comments about her clothes, a fact that may have emboldened the PTI host to be so brazen. But despite that, because of TBL, SbB and Deadspin.com’s subsequent posts about Kornheiser’s comments, he received a harsh punishment.

If standing up for Hannah Storm’s dignity makes me slime, then I stand guilty as charged.