A woman in Arizona is claiming Fox Sports Arizona broadcaster Todd Walsh swore at her and attacked her gender and race after she clipped his car’s mirror Wednesday. Here’s the key part of what Krys Poleon wrote in a public Facebook post about the incident (language warning):
My passenger side mirror barely clipped another guy’s mirror. I parked right behind him and got out to ask if i damaged his window. He first looked at me for a few minutes, then got out of his car. He asked me what I needed bc he was on the phone. I explained I was sorry and that I was parallel parking and that I clipped his mirror. He goes to his mirror and continues:
Wtf did you do? Maybe you shouldn’t be driving? People like you are ridiculous. I just got into an accident with someone like you who drove off, so I’m calling the cops.
(Someone like me? Yeah you know what he meant…) 🙄🙄🙄
Me: fair enough, I will get my insurance info. He then precedes to block me from getting to my truck and begins to chest bump me and tell me I need to learn how to drive. (Obviously this douche was having a bad day.) But thennnnnn, he needed to make sure he got what was off his chest, and I was the perfect target…
You fucking bitch, you look like a dude, sir, sir, sir. You can’t drive bc you’re a women, much less a black one. You are disgusting honey. We know people like you can’t drive… get a fucking life. Blahhh blahhh blahhhhhh.
Here I am being blocked from my own vehicle while this man feels compelled to now make contact with me over the bumper of a rear mirror. He threatened to call the cops and held his neck in pain. 😂😂😂😂😂👈🏽👈🏽👈🏽😳😳
I then let him know I’m already on the line with 911, and As the operator picks up, he yells more fabulous things to me, (I’ll leave the rest to your imagination), but it wasn’t pretty. I talked to the operator and he then leaves the scene of the incident racing down the street.
As Deadspin’s Samer Kalaf notes, the photo Poleon posted includes an Arizona Diamondbacks shirt and a media credential. Here it is:
Walsh, who’s won multiple local Emmys, hosts pre- and post-game shows for Coyotes and Diamondbacks broadcasts on Fox Sports Arizona, as well as serving as an in-game reporter for those broadcasts. Poleon later commented that she’d done a local interview about this and talked to Fox HR:
Yes ma’am, did an interview with ABC 15 yesterday, channel 3 & 5 are investigating, and Fox Human Resources called yesterday to get the story. When the media reached out to them they had no comment, only that they are investigating it. You can’t hear him on the 911 call but hey we’re able to hear me telling them what he was doing…
Fox Sports Arizona confirmed to Deadspin this was Walsh in the photo, and released this statement:
FOX Sports Arizona has become aware of an incident involving Todd Walsh, we are investigating and will take appropriate action once we’ve concluded that investigation. Our policy is not to comment on personnel matters, so we do not have any further comments at this time.
We’ll see how the investigation goes, but Poleon’s story certainly raises some tough questions for Walsh to answer.