UPDATE: July 17 at 4:45 p.m. ET.
Minihane has posted a statement on the WEEI website apologizing for his remarks concerning Andrews.
This morning on the radio I used a series of words to describe Erin Andrews' work at the All-Star Game. My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them. To all whom I offended -- particularly Ms. Andrews -- I apologize. There is no place for what was said. It was immature and completely uncalled for. I am often critical of media members and their work and recognize here that I've made the kind of mistake I would call out if it was done by another sportscaster or writer. Again, to all involved, I'm very sorry.
Minihane also tweeted his apologies.
There is no defense for the language I used today to describe the work of Erin Andrews. I deserve all the criticism I've received.— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) July 17, 2014
It was immature and absolutely uncalled for. http://t.co/lkrLS3s8x5— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) July 17, 2014
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Baseball fans and the sports media nearly ran out of pitchforks Tuesday night after St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright told reporters he had purposely served up choice offerings for Derek Jeter at the MLB All-Star Game.
Naturally, this didn't sit well with a number of fans and media personalities. After Wainwright gave up three runs in the first inning, the notion that the Cardinals pitcher had gift-wrapped Jeter a leadoff double was infuriating.
Adam Wainwright shouldn't have done that #GroovedPitch— Henry Schilling (@HenrySchilling) July 16, 2014
Wainwright/Jeter is exactly why #MLB can't/shouldn't have it both ways. Can't groove it to Jeter like an exhibition then have it count.— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) July 16, 2014
Somebody remind Wainwright, if the Cardinals lose Game 7 of the World Series in the AL ballpark, that he grooved one for Jeter in Minnesota.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 16, 2014
Thus entered Fox reporter Erin Andrews, who attempted to clear up Wainwright's initial remarks with an interview in the eighth inning. The pitcher backpedaled on his statement and claimed to have been joking.
And thus Groovegate ended—or should have.
The slow boil around Wainwright's second interview continued to build in certain media outlets, this time with a new subject: Andrews.
Boston sports radio station WEEI revisited the Andrews-Wainwright interview Wednesday morning during the Dennis and Callahan show.
After listening to the interview again, co-host Kirk Minihane went on an extended diatribe against Andrews, calling the Fox Sports reporter a "gutless b---h" for not pressing Wainwright harder.
What a b---h! I hate her! What a gutless b---h! Seriously, go away. Drop dead. I mean, seriously what the hell is wrong with her? First of all, follow-up. Second of all, the guy admitted he did it. He admitted it. He told reporters he threw a couple of pipe bombs. How is that social media's fault? I hate her. I seriously hate her so much. Social media is the reason she has a big house! Shut up. Shut up. I shouldn't call her a b---h, I'm sure she's a nice person.
Minihane's co-hosts also joined in, calling Andrews a "bubblehead" and a "bimbo."
The hosts' comments regarding Andrews have since sparked sizable backlash on social media.
Say what you want about Erin Andrews but Minihane calling her a gutless b word was so out of line.— Simone Alexandria (@SimoneOnSports) July 16, 2014
Really, really, really hope this is the final straw for Dennis and Callahan. They're SUCH an embarrassment.— Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) July 16, 2014
When will Minihane apologize? We'll see. The co-host said himself that he'd get in trouble for this, but his opinion on the matter of Erin Andrews seems set in stone.