When I woke up this morning and looked at Facebook, one of the first things I saw was a link to a Chicago Tribune story on how Comcast Sports Chicago had relieved Susannah Collins of her duties as Blackhawks sideline reporter.
And I was instantly pissed off.
You might remember earlier this week when Collins slipped during a broadcast and uttered that the Blackhawks were having “tremendous sex.”
Then the video did its thing as these videos normally do.
“Due to circumstances unrelated to her on-air remarks Tuesday night, Susannah Collins and Comcast SportsNet Chicago have parted ways,” Phil Bedella, vice president and general manager of CSN Chicago said in a statement. “We appreciate everything Susannah has contributed to our network over the past year and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Wait, so why was she fired?
But the mistake put a spotlight on Collins, and that quickly refocused attention on a series of raunchy YouTube videos uploaded between 2009 and 2010. As co-host of Sports Nutz, Collins pushed the boundaries of sports journalism — and good taste — with sexually explicit reports and potentially offensive racial stereotypes.
Produced by Middlebrow Media, the 16-video series drifted more toward lowbrow humor, with Collins and her female co-host, Sam Raddock, delivering everything from rowdy man-on-the-street interviews to a dramatic reading of the sexual exploits of former NBA player Darryl Dawkins’ from his autobiography “Chocolate Thunder.”
Ahh, the Sports Nutz videos! You know, the videos Busted Coverage was posting back in the day because our buddy Jimmy Chairman (entertainment reporter who has interviewed every major celebrity you can think of) was making these great sports videos with Collins and Raddock. The videos were actually watchable – and funny.
Yeah, so the videos were sexual and included sexual exploits of Dawkins. However, the girls were just reading the Dawkins’ book word for word about Chocolate Thunder eating snatch. Collins didn’t even read the Dawkins’ lines about eating snatch.
So fucking what? Comcast has to be kidding me. You’re going to fire your sideline reporter for videos from 2009-10 that you had to know about?
Shame on Phil Bedella. Shame on Comcast Sports Chicago. Shame on anyone associated with firing Collins.