EA: “I’m Being Treated Like F-ing Britney Spears”

Recall that we mentioned TMZ’s revelation last week that the ultra-creepy, illegal Erin Andrews peephole videos were likely an inside job by someone either at ESPN or a third-party production company working closely with the network. It wasn’t a random job.

Erin Andrews walking

As it turns out, now that people have gotten the notion that it’s somehow okay to harass or otherwise invade the privacy of Andrews, it’s happening on a more frequent basis. And now the sideline princess is being forced to call 911 after the paparazzi was harassing her at her home.

The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES has the transcript of the tape, and suffice it to say, the “reporters” exhibit less-than-commendable ethics in light of the recent illicit taping:

Andrews: Yeah, these guys are sitting in a car outside my house right now. I would like to tell the officer to have them leave because the cops have told me to call 911 if they’re outside my house.

Dispatcher: And what’s your name?

Andrews: My name is Erin. My last name is Andrews. I’m all over the news right now.

Dispatcher: I’m not familiar.

Andrews: I’m the girl that was videotaped without her knowing, without her clothes on in the hotel.

Dispatcher: Really?

Andrews: And I’ve got two a–holes sitting outside my house.

Later, as she tries to figure out the vehicle’s license plates:

Andrews: They’re both white males. I think it’s — they know I’m here, ’cause I have a car out front. So they know I’m inside. I have private security that I’m working with, but they’re not with me currently, and they said call 911. OK, here’s the license plate. It’s a handicap license plate for Georgia.

Andrews: They’re looking at me through my window.

Dispatcher: Are you OK?

Andrews: Yeah, I’m just — I did nothing wrong, and I’m being treated like f—ing Britney Spears, and it sucks. I’m sorry.

It does seem more than a little curious that TMZ, of all operations, would post the audio of the tape; they’ve made hay on exactly this worthless type of “Hey we stalked and then yelled questions at a celebrity everybody check it out” reporting over the years. But to their credit, they were on the ball on her initial tape and showed more restraint than, say, the NEW YORK POST. Moreover, their daily television show doesn’t really revel in agitating the celebrities being featured, just that they exist, near as we can tell.

But then you read the way they actually hyped this Erin Andrews call and what they deemed most important about it:

In the call, before she even says her name, Andrews says “I’ve been in the news recently about being in a hotel naked.”

As TMZ first reported, cops found out they were just members of the news media looking for an interview with Andrews, who became national news after her peeping Tom fiasco.

…and you immediately realize what little respect they’re owed in this instance. TMZ still your favorite website, Ms. Andrews? We’re guessing “no.”

It’s no secret, of course, that we’ve engaged in some fascination over Andrews here at SbB, but we’ve never operated under the impression that it was necessary - or even acceptable - to stalk her or otherwise violate any public contract she may have with the outside world. You never saw pictures of her here when she wasn’t on the job, and she’s owed a measure of respect for remaining professional and staying out of totally gratuitous lad mags or tittillating TV spots. Do you know what she looks like without a bikini on? No? Neither do we. That’s not an accident.

And look, not to go all Chris Crocker on our readers here, but doesn’t it seem like we should, um, “LEAVE ERIN ALONE,” especially in light of the peephole crap? There’s no reason to go up to her house and start knocking on the door without permission, people. That’s just basic courtesy. She didn’t do anything to deserve this attention. She’s not acting an ass or anything.

It’s just sad that we can’t have an attractive, professional female reporter on ESPN without some people inevitably ruining it for her and the rest of us who can admire from a respectful distance. This is why we can’t have nice things, people.