North Carolina St.) following her nightmarish summer.She also opted to accept an offer, made pre-video leak, to compete on the following spring, a fateful choice that won her a host of new fans.This scandal, which took years to resolve (if such a thing is every truly resolved in a victim's mind), blew the lid off of what sort of odds she was facing throughout her career as a woman who more than anything was driven to be taken seriously and respected in a male-dominated profession.In Andrews' case, her beauty had of course been an asset to her in her ambitions as an on-camera talent, but it made the ladder doubly steep as far as proving to a tirelessly skeptical and distractable sports audience (and some colleagues) that she had the talent to match the pretty face. Get it off the Internet,'" Andrews emotionally recalled (to Oprah Winfrey in August 2009, her first interview about what happened) hysterically calling her parents immediately after watching the video online."We are confident in Erin's reporting ability and journalistic role," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told ."If an instance of inherent conflict arises, we would obviously be transparent with the audience, In November 2011, ESPN executive Keith Clinkscales preemptively sued ex-colleague Joan Lynch for defamation, hours before Deadspin reported what he alleged was Lynch's claim that Clinkscales had allegedly fondled himself while seated next to Andrews on a flight—an incident Andrews had allegedly mentioned to multiple people but chose not to officially take to HR in the wake of her stalking trauma.
After a year of that, then it was onto Georgia to cover the Atlanta Braves as a reporter and on-air host for TBS."I was horrible, I sucked," Andrews admitted in 2008 in a chat at her alma mater. I learned I wasn't ready for national television but I'm so glad I made the move."Two years later, TBS didn't renew her contract.
"I was a deer in headlights, I was mispronouncing baseball players' names... "For seven days I thought I was going to kill myself," she recalled hyperbolically to the students. ' I was so ridiculous, I didn't turn on lights in my house 'cause I didn't know if I'd be able to pay bills."When ESPN, still covering hockey at the time, came to Atlanta to cover a Thrashers game, she literally knocked on the door of the production truck to ask if they needed a sideline reporter.
Andrews signed a three-month deal with ESPN in 2004, a most desirable opportunity for anyone seeking the sports-coverage big time, and started sideline-reporting for .
, the 38-year-old show host and sportscaster shared the story of how Stoll proposed at Disneyland's exclusive Club 33.
"We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there, and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland," she shared.