Rosie DiManno, a columnist for the Toronto Star, wrote an editorial which slammed the ESPN analyst for joining ABC’s crop of “Stars,” labeling her a “ballroom bimbo.”
“[Erin] made a fool out of herself and a sham of her profession,” DiManno penned. “I want to grab [her] by the shoulders and shout: ‘What are you thinking, woman?!’”
“I’m appalled by the damage she’s doing to her profession and her own reputation as a journalist,” she added.
In a new interview with SportsIllustrated.com, Erin defended herself and fired back at DiManno.
“What am I doing to be a bimbo? I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong,” Erin said. “I guess it’s OK for an NFL player and a gold medalist to do the show and be taken seriously, but nobody else is allowed… I don’t know what damage I’m doing. I’m basically killing myself to not embarrass myself.”