ESPN’s Ron Franklin Fired Over Sexist Comments

January 5, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Sports
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ESPN sportscaster Ron Franklin was fired Tuesday after rattling off some sexist comments to sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards. This ends his 20-plus year reign with the network.

Why was Ron Franklin fired? Read on…

According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, an ESPN spokesman said “based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him.” Before Friday’s Chick Fil-A Bowl in a production meeting, Ron Franklin told Jeannine Edwards:

‘Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something’ in a demeaning tone. After Edwards told him not to address her like that, Franklin responded by saying, ‘OK, then listen to me a**hole.’

Wow, what class!

Ron Franklin apologized for his comments on Monday and said he deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl–ESPN’s original punishment. According to SportsByBrooks, Ron Franklin was fired after he didn’t apologize to Jeannine Edwards personally. This was also his second offense!

On the scale of things you shouldn’t say at work, Ron Franklin’s comments rank somewhere in the middle for me. What he said was 100% inappropriate and uncalled for and the fact that it was his second offense says he had it coming. There are worse things to say, though.

So when it doubt, zip your lip. Maybe Ron Franklin will remember that at his next job. If he wants to keep it, that is.


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