TULSA - A blogger for a CBS Sports radio station's website in Houston has lost her job after a controversial post in which she asked readers to weigh in on whether an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader was "too chunky" to be an NBA cheerleader.
CBS Sports Radio 610 has refused to publicly indentify the write of the blog, but it appeared on their website under the byline "Claire Crawford, Just Dare Claire."
Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV confirmed Tuesday that CBS 610 had fired the blog writer, believed to be Digital Content Manager Anna-Megan Raley who wrote under the pen name Claire Crawford.
The blog post disappeared after the controversy began to swirl over the comments.
It originally appeared under a headline reading "Is This Girl 'Too Chunky' To Be An OKC Thunder Cheerleader?"
The story included a poll with three responses:
- She has the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader
- She could use some tightening up in her midsection
- She has no business wearing that outfit in front of people
More than 82% of respondents indicated she's got the perfect look for an NBA cheerleader.
Not many people are cheering about the decision to post the story in the first place.
A writer for the sportscasting blog site "Awful Announcing" blasted CBS Houston.
"What in the superficial nonsense hell was CBS Houston thinking when they allowed this anonymous craptastic mess to be published? The Houston Rockets are playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs right now and the local affiliate in Houston took it upon themselves to single out an OKC cheerleader by asking if she was 'too chunky' in a poorly written, humiliating embarrassment to civilized society," wrote Reva Freidel.
The cheerleader, Kelsey Self, had refused to comment on the story.
But today, she tweeted twice in reaction to the news of the blogger's firing.
“We wouldn't know what blessings were if we didn't go through trials. Thank you to EVERYONE for the compassion and love today. I'm in awe," read one Tweet.
“I find it incredible that so many people have gone out of their way to lift me up this past week. God really is so good. Thanks again,” read the second.