U.S. news site sorry for football confusing, 'especially for women' comment

An Alabama news site is apologizing for a comment made about women and football. (Jonathan...

An Alabama news site is apologizing for a comment made about women and football. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

An Alabama news site set off a firestorm when food editor David Halloway wrote that "football can be a confusing and vexing concept, especially for women."

The comment kicked off a story about an event called "Girls of Fall: A night of Food, Fashion and Football" which aims to "offer instruction in how to host the perfect game day party -- either at home or at the stadium."

After readers and women on social media complained the statement was sexist, Al.com cut the "especially for women" from the sentence.

"This story has been edited to remove incorrect and offensive assumptions about women and football. We apologize for the error in judgment," reads a note at the bottom of the story.

Holloway also apologized.

"The 'Girls of Fall' event is not geared toward those women who are experts in football, but those who are not but want to learn more. We apologize for offending the readers."


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