Mina Kimes calls Defector’s Laura Wagner “self-righteous” in the spit.

Mina Kimes got into a Twitter spat with Defector's Laura Wagner on Wednesday
Mina Kimes got into a Twitter spat with Defector’s Laura Wagner on Wednesday
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Mina Kimes was responding to a tweet by Defector writer Laura Wagner, which she appears to have believed was an attack on Meadowlark Media and DraftKings personality Jessica Smetana.

It’s all a bit complicated, so let’s go back and try to unpack things.

On Wednesday morning, DraftKings officially announced a new podcast starring Mike Golic and Smetana — as reported by back in February Andrew Marchand from the Post – promises to cover the intersection of sports and pop culture.

Natalie Weiner, a former Bleacher Report contributor, fun at the DraftKings sales pitch for the podcast with Wagner then latch: “Need some traffic lights at this intersection.”

Wagner continued in a separate tweet: “One day I’ll really, really write about the women in the sports media who look around and crunch the numbers and come to the exact conclusion that their success depends largely on their willingness to play the hot girl that also one of the people.”

Jessica Smetana
Kimes apparently thought a tweet from Wagner was an attack on Jessica Smetana
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Kimes, an NFL analyst at ESPN who has long ties to the “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” where Smetana is a talent, appeared to take offense, presumably because he believed it was a shot at Smetana.

“What about women in sports media who, for self-righteous reasons, lash out at other women over trivial things?” Kimes wrote, to which Wagner then responded, “Not all about you but thanks for the epic of your own.”

Kimes then fired back, “I know it’s not about me. I saw who it was about and I think you’re acting like a bully.”

When Wagner responded, “I think you’re a little confused as to who’s in charge here,” Kimes tweeted back, “Ah yeah, you really lash out at her… because she did absolutely nothing wrong. There are about 90,000 things that are really bad in sports media right now and this was definitely the right fight.”

Wagner then told Kimes that she “didn’t say anyone’s name or tweet anyone” and “what I’m describing is a feature of the sports media system that you know well.”

Kimes and Wagner went back and forth on Twitter on Wednesday
Kimes and Wagner went back and forth on Twitter on Wednesday

“I’m sorry if it upsets you to talk about how women are motivated to be successful in this space,” Wagner continued to Kimes, who said people could probably connect the dots.

“Laura, I understand the system you are describing. But just because you subtweet people doesn’t mean anyone with a working brain and the ability to read your replies can’t see who you’re talking about,” Kimes wrote.

Wagner then concluded with Kimes: “I am talking about many people and, more importantly, about a system. Hope that helps.”

Kate Fagan, who works for Le Batard and John Skipper’s Meadowlark Media, also tweeted at Wagner During her back-and-forth with Kimes, she wrote, “Long term I think the more productive thought here would be: Hmm, let me do a self-examination on why I sent out those Bulls-T tweets in the beginning.”

Christine Golic, Mike Golic’s wife, jumped into the fray, tweet, “Go Mina, go!” with an accompanying GIF of Elmo presiding over a campfire.

Where all this leads from here is unclear. Mina Kimes calls Defector’s Laura Wagner “self-righteous” in the spit.


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