ESPN takes Will Cain out of context in equal pay argument during USWNT awards segment


The US women’s national soccer team received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s annual ESPYS awards Wednesday for their fight for equal pay with the men’s team and for raising awareness about inequality salary and social injustices in all fields.

The noble cause was in the spotlight in Los Angeles, and he came with a montage showing how and why the players decided to address the issue of equal pay and their lawsuit against US Soccer.

The montage then mentioned «critics who push them back» showing tweets from those who disagreed and Will Cain, a former ESPN host now with Fox News Channel, offering his take on the matter. The montage included this quote from Cain.


A guest, Carla Overbeck, Christen Press, Julie Foudy, Briana Scurry, Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Heather O’Reilly, Sam Mewis, Tobin Heath, Stephanie McCaffrey and a USWNT guest, Arthur Ashe Award winners, at The 2023 ESPYS held at the Dolby Theater on July 12, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Christopher Polk/Variety via Getty Images)

«I think equal pay is a ridiculous concept in itself. Football, for better or worse, the men’s side of the world is far more popular than the women’s,» Cain is quoted as saying .

The clip then showed American women’s soccer icon Brandi Chastain, saying, «Oh, we have that argument all the time.»

ESPN did not pick up Cain’s full argument and it was noted on social media. State Freedom Caucus Network director of communication Greg Price found the full clip of Cain’s shot and posted it on Twitter Wednesday night.

Here’s what the current host of «Fox & Friends Weekend» had to say in the clip.

«I’ll tell you why that is. Now, there are two things, first of all. When you talk, as Trevor Scales just put it, about the bonus difference between the men’s team and the women’s team. Between which winner, if it had been the US men would enter the World Cup, and women.

Will Cain in 2022

Host Will Cain as former NFL player Tim Tebow visits ‘Fox & Friends’ to promote his new children’s book ‘Mission Possible’ at Fox News Channel Studios on May 17, 2022 in New York City. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)


«The women were paid from a $30 million Women’s World Cup pool. The men would draw money from a $400 million pool. Why is that? It’s because the Men’s World Cup generates $6 billion in revenue Women’s World Cup brings in $131 million in revenue If you want to talk about pay disparity, Women’s World Cup players are paid 20% of total revenue Men are paid 7% As a point percentage, they are getting much more.

«The problem is, for anyone who wants equal pay, and by the way, I think equal pay is a ridiculous concept in itself. If women generate more income, they should be paid more than men. Don’t push yourself By getting the same, strive to get what you’re worth, and if you’re worth more, then get more.

«So what I’m telling you right now is that soccer, for better or worse, on the men’s side of the world is much more popular than women’s soccer.»

When former ESPN host Charly Arnolt mentioned the rankings between the men’s and women’s World Cups, Cain and former host Ryan Hollins said that was in the US.

«And that’s comparing a Women’s World Cup final in which the United States participated to a Men’s World Cup final in the United States in which the United States did not participate.»

USWNT in 2019

Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long celebrate during a Victory Ticker Tape Parade for the US Women’s National Soccer Team through the Canyon of Heroes on July 10, 2019 in New York City. (Debra L. Rothenberg/WireImage)

ESPN did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.


Cain wrote in response: «Still true. Still unpopular. Full context. Full truth.»

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