Ron Franklin Fired By ESPN; He Never Apologized

ESPN announced Tuesday afternoon that veteran announcer Ron Franklin has been terminated by the company.

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ESPN released the following short statement on Franklin’s firing: “Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him.

As reported here on Sunday, Franklin made insulting comments to ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards last Friday that included calling her an “a–hole” and, as later clarified by Edwards, “sweet baby.” Read more…

Edwards Confirms Franklin Called Her An ‘A–hole’

In an email to USA TODAY reporter Michael McCarthy, ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards confirmed today that ESPN colleague Ron Franklin called her an “a–hole” during a production meeting before the ESPN Chick-fil-A Bowl telecast last Friday.

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From USA TODAY:

The trouble started, she said, during a production meeting before Friday’s Chick Fil-A Bowl that was also attended by ESPN announcers Rod Gilmore and Ed Cunningham.

Edwards says she was talking with Gilmore about his wife being elected mayor of Alameda, California. After a few minutes, she said Franklin joined in the conversation and said, “Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something . . . ” with a condescending tone.

Edwards says she told Franklin not to address her like that. To which Franklin said, according to Edwards: “OK, then listen to me a-hole.”

She says she told Franklin she didn’t appreciate his attitude — and asked why he was stooping to such levels.

In her email to McCarthy, Edwards also noted that a unnamed colleague reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management. Read more…

Franklin To Female ESPNer: ‘Sweetcakes’, ‘A–hole’

Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN’s Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.

Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected Alameda (CA) mayor came up.

As Gilmore, Cunningham and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation.

When she did, Franklin said to her, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes.”

Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, “don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being talked to like that.

Franklin then said, “okay then, a–hole.

After the meeting Edwards reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management. Read more…