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.