Clinton Portis Comments and 10 Most Pathetic Caveman Sexist Athletes Ever

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2010

Clinton Portis and Most Pathetic Caveman Sexist Sports Figures Ever

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    Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, decided to give his two cents regarding the Ines Sainz controversy surrounding the New York Jets, and it wasn't pretty.

    The NFL, the Redskins, and Portis himself have since issued statements of apology for such sexist remarks, but we have to wonder what makes a man say such things in the first place.

    Portis isn't the only sports figure to be caught on record only to later put his foot in his mouth.

    Let's take a look at the top 10 most pathetic caveman sexist athletes of all time.

10. Nick Bideau

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    You probably haven't heard of Nick Bideau, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    Bideau earned Australia's Ernie Award for his sexist remarks about world champion sprinter, Cathy Freeman.

    Bideau said, "I never turned away from Cathy, no matter how fat she was in 1997, or even in 1998."

    Smooth, Nick. Really smooth.

9. Joe Namath

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    Broadway Joe makes our list at No. 9 for his drunken behavior toward Suzy Kolber.

    This isn't nearly as bad as the rest of the list, but how much do you want to bet he wouldn't have acted this way toward a male reporter?

8. Tony Kornheiser

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    Political correctness is not one of Tony Kornheiser's strengths, and that is part of what makes him so entertaining.

    Kornheiser is the perfect foil to the extremely likable Mike Wilbon on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, and the pair make for some great television.

    Earlier this year, Kornheiser took his prickly comments a bit too far when he called out fellow sportscaster Hannah Storm on her outfit choice.

    Kornheiser said, "Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She's got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt...way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now...She's got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body...I know she's very good, and I'm not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won't...but Hannah Storm...come on now! Stop! What are you doing?...She's what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point."

7. Bobby Riggs

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    The famous "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match makes our list at No. 7 with Bobby Riggs and his chauvinist comments regarding Billie Jean King.

    Riggs took the gamble of challenging King while she was in her prime (and he was out of his), and we all know how that ended.

    Even after losing to King, Riggs said, "Billie and I did wonders for women's tennis. They owe me a piece of their checks."

6. Simon Williams

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    Australian Rugby player Simon Williams (of the Newcastle Knights) also won the Aussie Ernie Award for his statements regarding the Matthew Johns (also of the Knights) and a 2002 sex scandal.

    When interviewed about group sex allegations, Williams said of the young woman involved, "It's not during the act, it's the way you treat them afterwards. It could have been avoided if the players had put her in a cab and said, 'Thanks for that."

5. Rob Dibble

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    Before losing his job for making harsh statements about Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg, Rob Dibble gave us a taste of his sexist side when he called out some female fans for talking during a baseball game.

    Dibble said, "Those ladies right behind there, they haven't stopped talking the whole game...They have some conversation going on. Right here," he said, circling the offenders. "There must be a sale tomorrow going on here or something...Their husbands are going 'man, don't bring your wife next time.'"

    He went on to talk about these women longer than he should have. They bought tickets. They came to the game. Leave the ladies alone, Rob!

4. Mark Haines

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    When discussing Armando Galarraga's almost perfect game, Haines really dropped the ball.

    Erin Burnett shared her feelings about the graciousness of Galarraga and Jim Joyce, and Haines responded with, "See, this is why women aren't in charge of sports."

    Haines has yet to apologize for his statement.

3. Gary Barnett

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    Katie Hnida was one of the only female kickers in collegiate football, and her coach at the University of Colorado, Gary Barnett needs to take some gender sensitivity classes.

    Hnida alleged that other members of the football team had sexually assaulted her, and Barnett did nothing to stop it.

    Barnett said in an interview, "It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability.

    "You can be 90 years old, but if you can go out and play, they'll respect you. Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible. OK? There's no other way to say it."

2. Clinton Portis

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    And now we come to the man of the hour, Clinton Portis.

    On D.C. sports radio station, 106.7 The Fan, Portis stirred the Ines Sainz pot when he said:

    "You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman. For the woman, I think they make it so much that you can't interact and you can't be involved with athletes, you can't talk to these guys, you can't interact with these guys.

    "And I mean, you put a woman and you give her a choice of 53 athletes, somebody got to be appealing to her. You know, somebody got to spark her interest, or she's gonna want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't, if you get to go and look at 53 men's packages. And you're just sitting here, saying 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm gonna cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

    Holden Kushner, one of the hosts of The Mike Wise Show, didn't help matters as he giggled and encouraged Portis' comments.

1. John McEnroe

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    Love him or hate him, John McEnroe makes our list at No. 1. He has been one of the biggest personalities in tennis, and it seems like he just can't help himself when he discusses women's tennis.

    Earlier this year, McEnroe said this about the length of the women's tennis calendar:

    "Women have it better in tennis than any other sport, but you shouldn't push them to play more than they're capable of playing. The game has become more physical than it's ever been, and then you deal with what is thrown out not only from the opponent but the expectations they have for themselves. You're asking too much of the women."

    "They should be required to be in less events, there should be less events for the women. It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there's a need to change the schedule."

    This isn't the first time McEnroe has made sexist remarks regarding the sport. In 1993, he said publicly that women should not be allowed to be commentators for men's tennis matches.