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Friday, June 23, 2017

Sarah Spain, Julie Stewart-Binks in Twitter fight over Gronk stories

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Sarah Spain and Julie Stewart-Binks got in a Twitter spat Wednesday over their respective Rob Gronkowski stories.

Spain, an ESPN Radio reporter and espnW writer, spent the weekend covering the Gronk Cruise and detailed her experience for espnW. When espnW tweeted the link Wednesday, Stewart-Binks, a FOX reporter, responded.

Stewart-Binks is the FOX TV personality to whom Gronk gave a lap dance on TV (watch it here). She thought Spain ridiculed her over the lap dance and found Spain to be hypocritical. However, a closer look at what Spain said about Stewart-Binks shows she did not deserve that kind of response from the FOX reporter.

On her podcast two weeks ago, Spain shared her thoughts on Stewart-Binks getting the lap dance from Gronk.

“I was really uncomfortable watching it,” Spain said. “I thought it was extremely awkward and unprofessional. I can’t imagine being on a set and working and having an athlete grind on me or give me a lap dance.

Spain also stated that the reaction was that Stewart-Binks set women back with that act. Spain didn’t like the way people link the behavior of one woman with that of others and said so. She said she felt badly that everyone would now identify Stewart-Binks as the woman who got a lap dance from Gronk.

“I hope for Julie Stewart-Binks that what I consider to be a bad decision and a poor choice doesn’t result in having to deal with this kind of crap for the rest of her career because I think she has a lot to offer,” Spain said in support of Stewart-Binks.

Spain’s commentary was intelligent and insightful, and in no way did it shame Stewart-Binks. In fact, it struck out against all those who shamed Stewart-Binks and viewed the one incident as an indictment of all women in broadcasting.

Spain responded to Stewart-Binks with the following tweets:

Stewart-Binks has not responded.


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