On Tuesday ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was fired in reaction to making not just making derogatory but sexist comments to fellow ESPN reporter Jeannine Edwards.
Initially he was just pulled from announcing the football game on Saturday, but after calling Jeanne Edwards not just “sweet cakes” but an “a-hole,” ESPN took the bold move to fire him. But was that a overreaction to his very questionable way of addressing a co-worker?
After the events took place, he did apologize for his remarks saying, “I said some things I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry,” Franklin said in a statement issued by ESPN. “I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”
But it wasn’t just the Fiesta Bowl at stake, it was his entire career.
ESPN said about the events over the weekend, “We made a late play-by-play change to the Fiesta Bowl radio team. We’re not going to get into specifics other than to say adhering to our personal conduct policies and showing respect for colleagues are of the utmost importance to our company and we take them extremely seriously.”
Do you think he should have just been suspended or maybe demoted? Or do you think being fired was an appropriate action by ESPN? But at least it’s a good lesson for the kids! Make sure to treat everyone with respect!