ESPN Radio hosts Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin have been suspended after they relentlessly ridiculed transgendered basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig on air last week.
“We strongly believe two of our employees crossed the line when
discussing a transsexual person on their program last Thursday. Such
intolerance and insensitivity will never be tolerated by this company.
Due to the nature of this conversation, the pair have been temporarily
removed from ESPN980?s Sports Reporters program,” ESPN says in a statement.
The Washington, D.C. based radio hosts went on a shocking rant about the college basketball player on Thursday, calling her “it” and insisting she should not be allowed to play sports. Ludwig plays basketball for Mission College near San Francisco, a junior college. She is 6’6″ and was born Robert Ludwig, which Czaban and Pollin apparently found hilarious.
“How does this work? You lose testicles and gain eligibility?” one host asks.
“This whole gender-bending thing, you know, whatever you’ve got to do to scratch that inner itch and quell those inner demons, that’s fine, but don’t go playing sports then,” says the other. “And don’t go playing sports saying, ‘but I’ve go the rights of everyone else.’ Yeah, you’ve got the rights to live as a human being with everybody respecting you, but athletics is different.”
The entire tirade can be heard below, but it’s not exactly a pleasant listen. Czaban and Pollin later issued a ten-second apology on the air for calling Ludwig “it.”