Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin, ESPN radio hosts based in Washington, D.C., have been suspended for derogatory comments made in a rant about transgender basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig.
Ludwig plays basketball for Mission College and was born Robert Ludwig, a fact Czaban and Pollin couldn’t get enough of.
"How does this work? You lose testicles and gain eligibility?" one host asks in the following video.
With Czaban and Pollin constantly referring to Ludwig as "it," they continued:
"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. 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."
Said ESPN in a statement, announcing the suspension:
"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."
Do you think these suspensions were warranted?