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Lance Armstrong Rips Tony Kornheiser

Mar 18, 2010 – 11:00 AM
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Fresh off his suspension for critiquing the wardrobe of Hannah Storm, ESPN's Tony Kornheiser has a fresh new controversy on his hands, with Lance Armstrong ripping him for urging drivers to run down bicyclists on the road.

Kornheiser was discussing the addition of bicycle lanes to some streets in Washington, D.C., when he said on ESPN Radio 980 that he despises bicyclists and supports drivers intentionally running into them.

"And they all, my God, with their water bottles in the back, and their stupid hats, and their shiny shorts, they're the same kind of disgusting posers that in a snowstorm come out with cross-country skis on your block," Kornheiser said. "Run them down."

Kornheiser twice said, with disgust in his voice, that he thought Washington, D.C. was turning into Beijing. He did, however soften his tone ever so slightly by adding, "So you tap them. I'm not saying kill them."

Well, it's good to know that Kornheiser only wants bicyclists injured, not killed. But Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, didn't find anything funny about it.

On Twitter Thursday morning, Armstrong ripped Kornheiser, saying, "Listening to Tony Kornheiser's comments/rant on ESPN radio re: cyclists. Disgusting, ignorant, foolish. What a complete f-ing idiot."

Armstrong also urged people to contact Kornheiser's bosses on both the radio and Pardon the Interruption to register their complaints. "Not happy about Kornheiser's comments? Let them know @ESPNRadio980, @ptishow, and here," Armstrong tweeted, providing the link.

An ESPN spokesman told FanHouse he would need to look into the matter before offering any comment, but it will be interesting to see how ESPN responds to this one. Armstrong is a powerful, popular person in the sports world, and ESPN can't just ignore this kind of criticism. And although the criticism of Hannah Storm's wardrobe was a mean-spirited comment about a co-worker, that was a comment about one person. There are millions of people who ride their bikes who can complain to ESPN about this. Not to mention a whole lot of people who aren't going to take kindly to Kornheiser's implied criticism of Beijing.

Ultimately, Kornheiser's greatest asset as a commentator -- his irreverent style when taking on the news of the day -- may also be his greatest liability.

More at USA Today.

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