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.