“Anytime I’m in a situation where I feel like I’m being stared at, I’m paranoid, I get defensive, I’m on edge. “I know it’s not healthy,” she says, her voice low and apologetic. “For my entire career I’ve played a role,” she says.
Instead he sent a text: “OMG I’m sitting next to Erin Andrews.” A few seconds later, the reply: “Hahaha wow. I thought she was scared of big crowds.” Andrews snapped out of her gaze. “I’m a real person, you know.” The man fumbled with his phone as he stashed it into his pocket. She fiddled with her cup through the retelling, at one point wincing. I feel like I have to prove to people that this has hurt me in ways that you probably can’t see.” America knows Andrews from the NFL sideline, coolly throwing it back to the Fox booth, or in full makeup and bedazzled, laughing in ball gowns as the cohost of Dancing with the Stars.
During direct examination, Andrews’s lead attorney asked her questions about her job. I want to get in front of Congress; I want to get in front of lawmakers in D. I just need to find the right group to align myself with.
As she talked about working on College Game Day for ESPN, or with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in her current job with Fox, she lit up. I’m making that my project once the Super Bowl is over.” Throughout the trial, Andrews was comforted by support from her broadcasting team’s otherwise all-male crew (Aikman sent an inspirational text each morning) and by how many men in professional sports extended encouragement.
When lawyers switched to discussing the tape, Andrews withdrew. During the closing arguments Andrews’s lawyer methodically laid out every mistake the hotel made, every action that enabled Barrett’s crime. Andrews received dozens of messages from the likes of Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
Andrews sat on the bench, sandwiched between one of her lawyers and a paralegal. “But I was scared that if I started to breathe, the jury would hear me sobbing.” And so Andrews counted to 10, in the most calming way she could imagine. (Meyer’s text on the day of the verdict: “[My wife] Shelley and I have been thinking about you.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery?
Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Andrews says.
Andrews has been dating NHL free agent Jarret Stoll since 2012 -- and got Twitter all excited Thursday night when she tweeted a message implying he finally popped the question.
Celebrity wedding planner Yifat Oren coordinated the intimate celebration. Andrews and Stoll were engaged in December at Disneyland's Club 33.
"We went there for Christmas to see the Christmas decorations, and we had a lovely dinner there, and he did it right there at dinner at Disneyland. I hope we're spending our lives together.' And he was amazing." Andrews is now a sideline reporter for FOX Sports.
“I thought of people in sports I admire,” she says. I said, ‘How would the Packers’ offensive line walk up to the stand right now? (The management companies appealed, and then settled the case in April for an undisclosed amount.) She felt empowered, she says, by “fighting for victims who don’t have the resources I have.
’ ” Her lawyers purposely used football as a psychological tactic. “There’s somewhere I can fit in here, I just need to figure out where.