Philadelphia sportscaster Howard Eskin is known for trolling fans not just in his native Delaware Valley, but also across the country. Shortly after the Arthur Ashe Award for courage was handed to Caitlyn Jenner, Eskin put out the following tweets, first putting her original name in quotes, then using the term “freak” to describe her:

Eskin tweet
Eskin received some backlash over the “freak” tweet because an hour later, he deleted it and issued a revised opinion:

Well, Eskin is entitled to his opinion, but originally calling Jenner a “freak” is what leads some transgenders to commit suicide. Eskin is from a generation that has a hard time accepting transgenders, but to go with the “freak” word shows that he has a long way to go in tolerance as well.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. ET: Eskin has now apologized, but in doing so, he also misspelled “Caitlyn”:

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