Mina Kimes’s rise to stardom at ESPN was quick, but not shocking. She’s a talented writer and thrives in front of the camera, but more importantly, Kimes has a sense of humor that people are drawn to.
However, as glamorous as her role may seem to viewers, it isn’t always that way to Kimes. According to Jake Elman of SportsCasting, Kimes admitted that internet trolls have affected how she does her job.
A full-time NFL analyst for ESPN, Kimes opened up to Julie DiCaro, a senior editor at Deadspin, in her new book Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America about her struggle with trolls on social media.
During the interview, Kimes expressed how she feels she needs to censor her social media posts, especially those regarding domestic violence in sports.
“I constantly question how much time and energy I should devote to this stuff,” said Kimes to DiCaro. “There’s so much positivity [online] and exciting engagement and there’s so much good, but the negative can really ruin your day and make it hard to do your job. And I don’t think anyone’s quite figured out the right answer how to deal with this.”
Elman notes that Kimes’s decision to censor what she posts online can have an unfavorable effect on how she covers the NFL, yet it’s the unfortunate reality that women in sports media constantly deal with.