ESPN host David Pollack has come under fire over sexist remarks he made on Saturday.
Pollack, former American college and professional football player, sparked outrage when he said during ESPN’s “College GameDay” that women shouldn’t serve on the college football selection committee.
He made the controversial statement only a day after it was reported by the Associated Press that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected to be a part of the College Football Playoff selection committee next year.
“Now I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth, probably. I want people on this committee, guys, that can watch tape ... Yes, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams, on tape, not on paper,” Pollack said to Chris Fowler, another ESPN football analyst.
When Fowler asked whether it was being implied that women didn’t belong on the committee, Pollack replied, “You said that... I'll say it, yeah. Yeah.”
Soon after the comment was aired, Pollack faced immense criticism. His colleague Samantha Ponder and prominent female college football reporters Bonnie Bernstein and Erin Andrews also posted their reactions.
Verbally destroying @davidpollack47 on the bus for his comments about Condi. Next, he makes me a sandwich.— Sam Ponder (@samsteeleponder) October 5, 2013
.@davidpollack47 Hearing you don't think women should be on CFB Playoff Selection Comm bc they didn't play. You & I should chat...— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) October 5, 2013
Grrrrr RT @LukeRussert: Of the world's 3.5 billion women there is not 1 who could serve on a college football selection comt. mmmkay.— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) October 5, 2013
Also, Andrews ended her show "FOX College Saturday,” saying:
"I'm a female, thanks for having me in college football."
Following the backlash, David Pollack posted a clarification on Saturday on Twitter saying he didn’t single out women in his comment.
I want people on the committee that eat, sleep & breathe college football during the season. It has nothing to do with male or female— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 5, 2013
People, however, didn’t seem to believe him:
Ok David Pollack... no women voting on football? Then no men voting on/legislating women's rights...reproductive, or otherwise. Deal?— Jackie Pepper (@Jackie_Pepper) October 5, 2013
David Pollack shouldn't be allowed on a studio set.— Colin Means (@colinmeans) October 5, 2013
PLEASE get rid if David Pollack! Surprise he didn't finish saying women should be barefoot & preg. Add him to reason 4 not watch ESPN C Berg— Anne (@Angel200910) October 7, 2013
David Pollack thinks women should stay in the kitchen.— Coach Solo (@Coach_Solo) October 5, 2013