The Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI made waves Wednesday morning when Kirk Minihane went on a rant about Erin Andrews that was littered with derogatory names aimed at the Fox reporter.
Minihane was displeased with her bottom-of-the-eighth interview with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright during the All-Star game Tuesday that was supposed to clear up his comments about throwing Derek Jeter “a couple pipe shots.”
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“What a b----! I hate her! What a gutless b----! Seriously, go away. Drop dead,” Minihane said. “I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He admitted it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media’s fault? I hate her. I seriously hate her so much. Social media is the reason she has a big house! Shut up. Shut up. I shouldn’t call her a b---, I’m sure she’s a nice person.”
Not long after his rant ended, Minihane said, “I’m going to get in trouble for this.”
In a statement posted on WEEI.com Wednesday night, Minihane apologized for his comments.
“This morning on the radio I used a series of words to describe Erin Andrews’ work at the All-Star Game. My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them,” Minihane said. “To all whom I offended -- particularly Ms. Andrews -- I apologize. There is no place for what was said. It was immature and completely uncalled for. I am often critical of media members and their work and recognize here that I’ve made the kind of mistake I would call out if it was done by another sportscaster or writer. Again, to all involved, I’m very sorry.”
Minehan’s comments spurred a rebuke from Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakley.
“I think that’s pretty unacceptable in this day in age,” Coakley said in an interview with Boston.com. “Here’s a professional woman, doing her job, obviously we can all be criticized for what we do but we should be able to do it without those kind of disgusting, uncalled for, and frankly outrageous comments.”
Jeter’s first at-bat resulted in a leadoff double in the American League’s 5-3 win. Wainwright told reporters after being removed from the game that he had given Jeter “a couple of pipe shots,” a baseball term for easy pitches to hit.
Wainwright’s comments gained steam on social media through the game, and when Andrews interviewed him in the dugout in the bottom of the eighth, she asked what he meant by “pipe shots.” Wainwright backed off his earlier comments, saying he was misunderstood.
“I feel terrible about this. If anyone’s taking any credit away from what Derek Jeter has done today, or off me or anything, it was mis-said. I made a mistake by [doing] that. I hope people realize that I’m not intentionally giving up hits out there,” Wainwright told Andrews. “I’m very competitive and I think I said yesterday that I did not want Derek Jeter to get a hit. I think I said it today before I pitched. I don’t know. It’s a distraction, and I do not want to be a distraction. I wanted it to be all for Derek, so if anything is taken away from his moment then I sincerely apologize.”
Andrews ended the in-game interview by saying, “Don’t you just love social media?” Wainwright responded with, “No, I don’t love social media.”