A female on-air personality at ESPN is changing the culture of the traditionally male-dominated sports network, according to a profile of Michelle Beadle in The Daily Beast.
The piece by Marlow Stern says Beadle has become “the most outspoken female voice amid an infamous boy’s club, calling out domestic abusers Ray Rice and Floyd Mayweather.”
Stern writes that Beadle, the 39-year-old co-host of “SportsNation,” “isn’t afraid to speak her mind — corporate politics be damned.”
But Beadle is aware that the environment has its limits. “I’m not a reporter, so I get to say whatever — and then I’ll get called into the office,” she told Stern. “I’ve learned that you can’t really call other people out.”
Stern notes that Beadle, like the recently ousted Bill Simmons, was recently “reprimanded by the corporate brass at ESPN over a series of tweets she’d made last July excoriating colleague Stephen A. Smith over his boneheaded comments in defense of noted woman-beater (and NFL star) Ray Rice, insinuating that after she was uppercut in an elevator, which was all caught on camera, his then-fiancée Janay had somehow ‘provoked’ the pummeling.”
We recommend that you click on the link near the top of this story to read Stern’s full profile of Beadle.