ESPN Fires Announcer Ron Franklin for Insulting Female Colleague

by | January 4, 2011 at 6:05 PM | TV News

ESPN's Ron Franklin, Jeannine Edwards (Photo: ESPN)

ESPN's Ron Franklin, Jeannine Edwards (Photo: ESPN)


ESPN has fired veteran broadcaster Ron Franklin after nearly 25 years at the network for making sexist comments to a female colleague.

During a meeting to prepare for ESPN’s bowl game coverage last week, an argument erupted in which Franklin allegedly called sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards “sweet baby” and an “a**hole.”

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

After the incident occurred, the network pulled Franklin from the air before Friday’s Fiesta Bowl. Franklin followed up by issuing a public apology Monday: “I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

Here are the comments that landed Franklin in hot water:

“Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something….” Franklin said to Edwards. When she objected to the remark, Franklin allegedly replied, “OK, then listen to me a**hole.”

Franklin has worked for ESPN since 1987, mostly covering college sports.