Barely one month after she was hired, ESPN sports betting analyst, Kelly Stewart, has been fired after some of her old tweets which reportedly included several homophobic slurs, surfaced on online.
“ESPN has notified me that they terminated my contract due to deleted tweets from 2012,” Stewart wrote on Twitter, adding that “I know the words I used are unacceptable and hurtful and I am terribly sorry for this lapse in judgment, but I cannot apologize for standing up to the vicious attacks I, and so many other female personalities, endure from anonymous online trolls.
Vegas-based Stewart who was earlier excited about her new job last month also said the following on Twitter
“I wish ESPN had been willing to stand behind me, particularly because I’d already been suspended for these Tweets by another company several years ago, but | cannot control their decision. I can only say |’m sorry for the person I was and some of the mistakes | made in my youth.”
“Having an experienced voice like Kelly Stewart join us better positions us to expand our sports betting content going forward,” Scott Clark, ESPN senior coordinating producer, said after Stewart’s hire. “She’ll be an important asset to all that we are doing in the space and like the rest of our sports betting team, she will be busy.”
I wanted to put out a statement on today’s news so all of you could see my thoughts. pic.twitter.com/MvCsLlHhLw
— Kelly (@kellyinvegas) June 4, 2021
Sports betting has continued to receive wide acceptance across the country. Stewart was hired by ESPN to appear on the network’s Daily Wager podcast and to help cover sports gambling as a whole and to make other contributions to the network’s growing sports betting coverage, thespun reported,
Stewart has built up a reputation as one of the sports betting industry’s top handicappers over the last decade. Her most recent job was as sports betting analyst for Bleacher Report and WagerTalk.com, according to frontofficesports.
She had also contributed to ESPN Radio in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, according to the ESPN news release when she was hired.
Twitter user @logan_matthews9 posted some of Stewarts old tweets
— Logan Matthews (@logan_matthews9) May 6, 2021