Sports talk show host Patrick Connor is out of a gig after calling 17-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist Chloe Kim a "hot piece of ass." Connor actually said those words out loud while hosting Barstool Radio's Sirius XM channel, but another employer, San Fransisco's KNBR, that publicly dropped him. Connor hosted the "Shower Hour" at the station, but KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe confirmed without further comment that this is no longer the case.
Connor remains employed at Barstool, however. For now.
Kim locked down the Gold Medal for snowboarding's Olympic Halfpipe event so definitively that she'd won first place after two of three total runs and could have sat down for the last run and won gold anyway.
Midway through this process, Kim was tweeting about sammiches. She. Is. Awesome:
Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I'm getting hangry— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
Now a household name due to these brilliant performances, Kim is officially the best in the world at what she does.
But Connor apparently couldn't get past her looks, and decided to throw down some serious creepiness — which Deadspin recorded:
She’s fine as hell! If she was 18, you wouldn’t be ashamed to say that she’s a little hot piece of ass. And she is. She is adorable. I’m a huge Chloe Kim fan.
Connor was a guest on former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden's "Dialed In" show at the time he made the remarks, and the next day Braden told USA Today that Barstool understands the “severity and the seriousness of the comments made ... and that’s not who we are.” The audio clip was originally placed on Barstool's website next to an advertisement featuring two women in their underwear.
After he saw Deadspin's article roasting him, Connor issued an apology via Twitter the next day:
Yesterday in a weird attempt to make people laugh I failed. My comments about @chloekimsnow were more than inappropriate they were lame & gross. Im truly sorry Chloe. You’ve repped our country so brilliantly. I apologize to my colleagues & the listeners for being a total idiot.— Patrick Connor (@pcon34) February 14, 2018
Maybe too little, too late?
You took an Olympic champion, someone whose family gave up a lot and sacrificed so she could be great, and turned her into a piece of meat. I doubt you truly understand the gravity of your statements. If not for the backlash, would you have apologized?— John (@toojohn) February 14, 2018
A man in his mid 40's has the opportunity to cheer on a young female athlete that represented USA and won Gold on a national platform but instead you gave her a "Me Too" moment. She deserves so much better. Not because she won Gold but because she is a woman.— Edna Moore (@shmeddiemoore) February 14, 2018
To you and others, your comments seem trivial & funny. But in the midst of #MeToo & Larry Nassar, they encourage the idea that it's okay to objectify women & say things like that. It's not okay. Comments like that help encourage a sick and dangerous culture that women suffer in.— Jenny (@DfSwildcat) February 15, 2018
You haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of how inappropriate your comments were.— Esper (@EsperHarris) February 14, 2018
Barstool might want to pay attention:
Your apologies are too late. I guess you don't know what "Think before you speak" means. You've brought this country to yet another level of "lower than mediocrity". Do us all a favor and get off the air.— rpappas7 (@RoxannePappas) February 14, 2018
Let's hope this elevates the dialogue from here on out.
H/T: Huffington Post