Not everyone is buying Colin Cowherd as the hero in LaVar Ball’s villainous rant.
Boston radio station WEEI played a clip of Cowherd from his show Thursday in which he congratulates himself for hiring Kristine Leahy as his Fox Sports co-host. Leahy had sparred with Ball, a combative exchange replete with sexist undertones, the previous day over his Big Baller Brand sneaker sales.
“My theory’s always been on this is that we should give women opportunities,” Cowherd said. “When I left my former employer … and I was listening to all the radio out there and it was all guys. And I thought, you know, I finally have real power in this business. And the power is going to be to change radio.”
But Trenni Kusnierek, an anchor for Comcast, had a different take on Cowherd’s would-be empowerment push, recalling how a friend of hers was lost in the shuffle of Cowherd’s multimillion-dollar network switch. Kusnierek claims her friend Jen Lada was hired by Cowherd’s ESPN show as the co-host, but was left without a job after he abruptly moved to Fox Sports. She called Cowherd a “lying sack of crap.”
“So don’t talk about how Fox has given you, has just given me this freedom to just lift women up from the bottom dredges of media,” Trenni said. “Screw you, you pretentious a-hole. … It’s so infuriating. If I saw him right now, I might punch him in the face.”
Kusnierek also expressed frustration over Leahy’s role on “The Herd,” which she believes is limited to updates and not much else.
Since Ball’s viral rant on Wednesday, Cowherd has defended his decision to have him on the show for a third time (“we keep setting digital records”) and to let Leahy and Lonzo’s bombastic father go toe to toe with little interruption.
Cowherd’s contention is that Leahy acquitted herself well against Ball, and there was little reason to come to her defense. But he has had no problem making himself part of the controversy in…