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NFL Star J.J. Watt Slams TV Station For Sexist Headline About His Pro-Soccer Player Fiancée Kealia Ohai

Soccer player Kealia Ohai, who was traded to the Chicago Red Stars from the Houston Dash, recently received the crappy headline treatment when ABC13 Houston called her “J.J. Watt’s fiancée” instead of, you know, her own name. I know nothing about sports, but I do know that when you write a story about a person, you name that person.

Social media reacted quickly to the bad headline, including Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans.

“This headline is trash,” Watt tweeted. “Kealia Ohai (which is her name by the way, since you didn’t even bother to mention it) is incredible entirely on her own merit and deserves to be treated as such. Be better than this.”

Folks agreed, wondering why women are still treated like possessions and appendages of their male partners instead of being identified as whole individuals.

ABC 13 Houston eventually apologized, tweeting to Watt: “Hi JJ, Our sincere apologies. We 100% agree with you. Kealia Ohai is a soccer superstar who deserves her own headlines. We are sad to see her go. She is going to be a force in Chicago! We’ve loved doing stories on her many talents and accomplishments over the years.”

A fine apology, but a savvy Twitter user pointed out that ABC13 Houston was essentially apologizing to Watt instead of to Ohai—again, like he is the authority who speaks for them both.

Keep trying, I guess?