SBD/Issue 146/Sports Media

SNY’s Keith Hernandez Apologizes For Remark About Women

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SportsNet N.Y.’s (SNY) Keith Hernandez apologized on-air yesterday for comments he made during Saturday’s Mets-Padres broadcast about Padres massage therapist Kelly Calabrese, according to Bob Raissman of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. After play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen noted Calabrese’s presence in the Padres’ dugout, Hernandez said, “I won’t say women belong in the kitchen. But they don’t belong in the dugout.” Cohen “warned there could be ‘trouble brewing’ after that commentary.” Hernandez then said, “I’m only teasing. I love you gals out there. I always have.” Later in the broadcast, Hernandez said, “I stand by those statements. I think this is a man’s game and I feel very strongly about it. And if anybody thinks when I made that comment about women being in the kitchen, and takes it seriously, well, get a sense of humor.” Sources said that Hernandez was “reprimanded after the game” by SNY Exec Producer Curt Gowdy Jr., which led to Hernandez’ apology. After apologizing, Hernandez referenced MLB rules, which he indicated state that “besides the manager, players and five coaches, only the ‘head’ and ‘assistant’ trainers are allowed in the dugout.” Raissman notes Hernandez “likely faces no further consequences at SNY.” SNY Dir of Communications Andrew Fegyveresi: “We addressed the issue with Keith and he apologized for his inappropriate comments. Now, we move on” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/24). Calabrese said of Hernandez’ remarks, “Hopefully, if anything, we can turn what is obviously a negative into a positive. If I can be a role model for young girls who aspire to hold positions not typically held by women, I’m happy to be that person” (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/24).

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