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Ed Werder takes heat after tweet about men in sports journalism

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/18/2018 Larry Brown Sports

Aug 4, 2017; Canton, OH, USA; American sports reporter Ed Werder speaks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game-Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at Canton Memorial Civic Center. © Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Aug 4, 2017; Canton, OH, USA; American sports reporter Ed Werder speaks during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game-Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Ed Werder became the center of a Twitter controversy on Monday after he boldly stood up for the dying breed of male sports writers.

Werder, who was a well known reporter for ESPN for nearly 20 years until losing his job last year, took offense to a tweet from a female Sports Illustrated writer.

SI advertised on Twitter Monday that they were looking for a new entry-level writer.

Charlotte Wilder, who is a senior writer at SI, encouraged any interested females to reach out to her about the position.

That tweet did not sit well with Werder, who offered the following response:

Perhaps Werder is feeling marginalized since being let go and that could explain his reaction to Wilder’s tweet, but his tweet led to plenty of backlash.

Here are some examples of responses:

So what prompted Werder’s response? He explained.

Werder’s come a long ways since being accused of yellow journalism by a fan.

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