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ESPN Releases Statement On Sam Ponder/Barstool Controversy

The network felt the need to weigh in.

On Monday night, ESPN personality Sam Ponder ripped Big Cat from Barstool, which will debut one of its shows on ESPN2 late Tuesday night, for a past blog post that featured NSFW language directed at Ponder.

As the night progressed more information started to come out about the post, which was actually written by Feitelberg. There was also a controversial audio clip of Barstool president Dave Portnoy.

In the clip, Portnoy calls Ponder a "fu*king slut."

ESPN has now weighed in on the controversy. Here's a statement from From Burke Magnus, EVP, Programming and Scheduling, ESPN, via Awful Announcing.

“The comments about Sam Ponder were offensive and inappropriate, and we understand her reaction. She is a valued colleague and doing a great job for us. As stated previously, we do not control the content of Barstool Sports. We are doing a show with Big Cat and PFT, and we do have final say on the content of that show.”

The network chose to stay as neutral as possible in the statement.

ESPN's new program Barstool Van Talk debuts tonight at 1 a.m. with Barstool personalities Big Cat and PFT.

[Awful Announcing]