Franklin Fired From ESPN For Sexist Remarks

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You need to read the story below and let me know your thoughts.  Either they are leaving something out, or this guy should not have been fired for sexist remarks.  Sure he called her ‘Sweet Baby’, but is that a reason to be fired?  Then he called her an asshole.  Is that reason enough to be fired?  I honestly say neither is, but since it is a woman they have to fire him for sexist remarks. If a coworker of mine calls me an asshole and I go up to my boss to complain you know what he is going to say? He would say listen to me sweet baby, toughen the hell up.  Come on, everyone.  When is enough enough?  He didn’t touch her or make any sexual advances on her.  What if she was the one who said to him, “Listen to me, you rude prick” and then called him an asshole?  Do you think if Franklin went to ESPN and told them this, she would have been fired?  No, they would have laughed and said toughen up.  This is the problem with women reporters. You are at a man’s game and you need to expect to be treated somewhat like a man. Again, I am not saying a guy should be able to grab your ass, but things are said at sporting events and that is how men talk.  What do you think?  Someone must disagree with me?  TMTMTL@RollinSD.com

ESPN fires Franklin for sexist comment


Updated Jan 4, 2011 10:19 PM ET

ESPN fired play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin Tuesday for making a sexist remark to a female colleague.

“Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him,” ESPN said in a statement.

Franklin was pulled from the air before Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl for comments he made to ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards the day before.

Franklin and Edwards had a spat before Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl in a pre-game production meeting also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore.

When the conversation turned to the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected mayor of Alameda, Calif., Edwards tried to join in but said she was shut down by Franklin.

“Listen to me, sweet baby, let me tell you something… ” Franklin is said to have told her.

Edwards then said she told him not to speak to her like that, to which he responded: “OK then, listen to me, a**hole.”

In a statement Monday, Franklin said: “I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

A colleague reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management, who attempted to pull him from the Chick-fil-A Bowl broadcast, but it was too late to find a replacement.

He was then pulled from Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl broadcast instead.

Franklin, a 68-year-old native of Mississippi, has called college football and basketball games for ESPN since 1987.

Franklin also came under fire in 2005 for referring to sideline reporter Holly Rowe as “sweetheart” during a football game between Purdue and Notre Dame.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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