ESPN announcer fired over comments

ESPN announcer fired over comments

POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:44am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:28pm

ESPN has fired announcer Ron Franklin after he reportedly berated a female colleague.

The network had pulled him from its radio coverage of Saturday's Fiesta Bowl, and Franklin issued a public apology Monday.

Sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards wrote in an e-mail to USA Today in response to Internet reports Monday that Franklin called her "sweet baby" in a condescending tone Friday.

When she objected, he used a derogatory term. Edwards said a colleague reported the incident to ESPN officials.

ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Tuesday that "based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him."

Franklin had worked for ESPN since 1987, calling primarily college football and basketball. He focused on the Big 12 in recent years.

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This is crazy. I work in the school system, and I've been called some awful things by students. I'm called "Pretty Lady" by several people and I tell myself it is a compliment and go on from there. If people would stop making such a big deal out of nothing, this world would be a better place. If she had just waited until they were together later and explained that she did not appreciate his remark, he probably would have apologized. I deal with teenagers who act like this.

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