On Tuesday night, Mike Bell, who co-hosts an Atlanta sports radio show, blistered Jessica Mendoza, the first woman to serve as an analyst on an MLB postseason game.
Mendoza covered the Yankees-Astros wild-card game, which the Astros won 3-0, when Bell tweeted:
A woman made history tonight calling an MLB Playoff game for ESPN. This is what an Atlanta radio guy thought of it. pic.twitter.com/xf3Rc07EFY
— Boiled Sports (@BoiledSports) October 7, 2015
Bell followed with a series of tweets outlining his position, as larrybrownsports.com noted. Bell argued:
Really? A women’s softball slugger as guest analyst on MLB Wildcard Game? Once again ESPN too frigging cute for their own good.
You guys are telling me there isn’t a more qualified Baseball player ESPN can use than a softball player? Gimme a break!
@ShannanMEdwards my wife is stoked! she’s sending her resume to NBC to hopefully call the Daytona 500 since she occasionally speeds
@waynecheck this is beyond ridiculous. hell, any swinging d–k in a softball league is now qualified to work at ESPN.
The Atlanta Falcons, who broadcast on the same radio station as Bell, were apologetic, offering their own take:
The Atlanta Falcons with strong words on Mike Bell’s comments on ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza: https://t.co/dAffxKjJx6
— Jill Martin (@Jill_CNN) October 7, 2015
Bell was suspended from his job on Wednesday afternoon, despite his apology, in which he stated, “What I said was hurtful and I want to take this opportunity to say to Jessica that what I said was dumb and hurtful and I apologize for putting that garbage on Twitter. I have reached out to ESPN so I can have the opportunity to speak with her and hopefully apologize to her in person.”