Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ESPN Fires Announcer Ron Franklin Over Sexist Remarks

Veteran ESPN sportscaster Ron Franklin has been fired after he reportedly made sexist comments to sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards, calling her in a condescending tone "sweet baby" or "sweetcakes," according to different accounts, as well as an "a**hole." The termination follows a media firestorm yesterday when word of the incident, which had happened during a staff meeting on Friday, leaked. It forced Franklin, a 20-year ESPN veteran who called mostly college football and basketball games, to issue a public apology. That wasn't enough. "Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him," an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.

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