Erin Andrews' Nude Hotel Video: Enough Is Enough

Nola ChickCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 2: ESPN commentator Erin Andrews reports as the Pittsburgh Panthers upset the University of South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium on October 2, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

We get it fellas…having an attractive woman talk about football is hot.

Your enthusiasm became overwhelmingly evident when you gave repeated Website visits to the midriff baring Fantasy Sports Girls, who rattled off in monotone NFL tidbits of the week. Their mundane ramblings even earned them a spot as regular contributors to the once highly respected FanHouse.

It’s a feat we fully-clothed female bloggers wouldn’t dare dream of.

If you’ve ever frequented the official Erin Andrews' gossip site a.k.a Deadspin, you could probably burn a full workday and you still wouldn’t get through half the Andrews related posts, butt shots, and side-boob references.

Oh and lest we forget, the oh-so-insightful commentary that typically follows each post, like this intellectual gem, “Look at the funbags on that hosehound.”

Andrews, an ESPN reporter who is often referred to by the site as “The Sideline Princess”, is probably more closely followed than Kobe, T.O., and A-Rod combined.

And hey, we get it. Sex sells…boys will be boys.

But is it possible that this constant desire to minimize female sports reporters, (you know, the ones who actually intend to be taken seriously), to microphone swallowing pin-ups, is crossing the line from irksome and disrespectful to downright dangerous?

News that Andrews was the victim of video voyeurism in her hotel room suggests that maybe, just maybe, it’s time we lay off the sideline skirt scoping, if only for a moment, and let these ladies actually do their jobs.

According to the latest reports, the purvey predator, who secretly taped Andrews, is trying to hock the video to the highest bidder; a get rich quick scheme apparently too sleazy for even TMZ to consider. While there’s no official word on what the video shows, the peephole camera is rumored to have picked up shots of Erin changing clothes in her room.

It’s not a prank or a scandal. It’s a little something we like to call sexual assault and despite efforts by some bloggers to make light of the situation, it’s not a laughing matter.

Our Website’s no stranger to ogling hotties.

Give us a few shirtless shots of Terrell Owens or Reggie Bush and we’ll give you a story that’s long on pictures and short on words. And we see nothing wrong with celebrating a woman’s beauty, regardless of her profession.

What’s disturbing is the near obsessive fascination with reporters like Andrews, NASCAR reporter Krista Voda, and Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson. Hell, Andrews couldn’t even eat a sandwich without it becoming the top story on the biggest sports blogs in the country.

And while the media and bloggers can’t be blamed for some scum-bag’s decision to secretly tape a reporter in her room, the scum-bag certainly wouldn’t have taken the risk had their not been a market for it.

According to ABC News, searches for the video topped Google’s list of most searched items shortly after the news broke. And to think, we girls are the ones accused of watching sports for all the wrong reasons...

There needs to be some level of responsibility with regard to how these women are perpetually objectified by their “sports reporting” colleagues. What if we limited it to say, one closeup shot of Andrews in a sweater every other Brett Favre retirement update? After all, while Andrews may be known for her snug sweaters and V-neck tops, her fashion statements in no way scream “look at me, don’t listen to me” as say…a girl wearing Daisy Dukes and a halter top, while reading the weekly NFL injury report.

And you know what, not even that kind of blatant reliance on sexuality for notoriety merits what Andrews was subjected to in her hotel room.

Seriously, enough is enough.