The sexual harassment just never stops at ESPN, does it? Our buddy Brooks at SportsByBrooks.com has the inside scoop on the latest incident involving play-by-play announcer Ron “Women Should Be Barefoot & Pregnant” Franklin and long suffering sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards:
Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN’s Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.
Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore’s wife Mariebeing elected Alameda (CA) mayor came up.
As Gilmore, Cunningham and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation. When she did, Franklin said to her, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes.” Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, “don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being talked to like that.” Franklin then said, “okay then, a–hole.” After the meeting Edwards reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management.
If you watched Monday Night Football this week, you would have scene San Francisco beat Arizona 27-6. You might have also caught an unintentional F-Bomb during the broadcast, when ESPN host Stuart Scott started talking about Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson’s postgame tirade and tried to say “bleep function.” Instead, he dropped an F-Bomb by mistake and actually made co-hosts Matt Millen and Steve Young laugh.
Most of you have heard of this story already, but the real question is: what will ESPN do about it?
ESPN commentator and sports writer Jay Mariotti was arrested over the weekend following an alleged “domestic incident” with his girlfriend. Los Angeles Police Dept. sources told The Los Angeles Times Mariotti and his girlfriend exchanged harsh words at a club in Santa Monica after he suspected his girlfriend was flirting with another man. The couple left the club, but the clash allegedly continued at their Venice-area apartment.
During the alleged altercation, Mariotti reportedly pushed, shoved, and grabbed his girlfriend leaving marks on her arms, says The Los Angeles Times. When police arrived at the apartment, Mariotti’s girlfriend had reportedly suffered cuts and bruises.
You all remember Brooke Hundley, don’t you? She was the young ESPN production assistant whose revelations about an affair with baseball analyst Steve Phillips rocked the “Worldwide Leader in Sexual Harassment Lawsuits” and ended with his dismissal. She is now suing the network for back wages she’s owed and the emotional distress of all of this and asking for–wait for it–$15,000.
Yes, you read that right: 15 grand.
Look, Brooke. We’re not telling you how to run your life, but that seems a little low to us. Not that we think you should sue them for millions, but if what your saying is the cable network ruined your career, that’s not putting much of a price tag on your future. But 15 Gs? ESPN blows that much each day on hairspray, and that’s just for Chris Berman But hey, your lawyer looks pretty sharp, so we’ll just let him handle all details and collect his small retainer fee.
If you thought Tony Kornheiser went nuts over the go-go boots, wait until he sees video of this outfit. Look, we’re not complaining or anything, it just seems that Hannah doesn’t need to try so hard to get us to . . . you stopped reading and are staring at her chest, aren’t you? We’re just hoping Chris Berman keeps his see-through pants at home.
Hannah Storm in a see-through top today. Perhaps ESPN feels the need to compete with The Daily Line on Versus now that Jenn Sterger is live…