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Espn Fires Announcer Ron Franklin Over Sexist Remarks

Veteran Espn sportscaster Ron Franklin has been fired after he reportedly made sexist comments to sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards, calling her in a condescending tone "sweet baby" or "sweetcakes," according to different accounts, as well as an "a**hole." The termination follows a media firestorm yesterday when word of the incident, which had happened during a staff meeting on Friday, leaked. It forced Franklin, a 20-year Espn veteran who called mostly college football and basketball games, to issue a public apology. That wasn't enough. "Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him," an Espn spokesman said in a statement.
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Espn's Ron Franklin Fired After Reportedly Calling Colleague 'A--hole'

Espn has fired veteran announcer Ron Franklin for reportedly calling sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards an 'a--hole' during a meeting. “Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him," the network said in a statement. Franklin was pulled from the network's Fiesta Bowl coverage following his remarks to Edwards at a meeting Friday. Edwards said in an email to USA Today that he initially told her, "Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something . . ." in a condescending tone, and that when she objected, Franklin
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Espn Veteran Sportscaster Ron Franklin Taken Off Fiesta Bowl Coverage Over Sexist Remark

Veteran sportscaster Ron Franklin has been taken off from the Espn coverage of Fiesta Bowl after calling a female colleague "sweet baby" off air. The 68-year-old radio announcer also called sideline reporter Jeanine Edwards an "a**hole" when she objected to the sexist remark.

The incident took place Friday when Edwards was in a production meeting with Espn announcers Rod Gilmore and Ed Cunningham. She was talking with Gilmore about his wife being elected mayor of Alameda, California when Franklin joined in the conversation and said in a condescending tone, "Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something…"

When she told Franklin not to call her like that, Franklin replied, "Ok, then listen to me a**hole."

She told Game On! in an email that contrary to earlier reports, she wasn't the one who reported Franklin's behavior to the network authorities, but an unnamed colleague.
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Jeannine Edwards doesn't appreciate Ron Franklin's 'sweetcakes' comment

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Longtime Espn announcer Ron Franklin and sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards probably won't be sharing the airwaves again anytime soon. 

The sports network pulled Franklin from the Jan. 1 Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast after directing a sexist remark at his colleague.

Sports by Brooks reports that Franklin and Edwards were joined in a production meeting by fellow Espn announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. When the subject of Gilmore's wife being elected as Alameda, CA mayor was brought up, things got ugly. 

Edwards, the token female of the group, chimed in to the conversation and Franklin replied in kind with: "Why don't you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes." 

Remaining calm, she responded "don't call me sweetcakes, I don't like being talked to like that."

Franklin's answer? "Okay then, a-hole." What a classy dude.

Espn execs attempted to pull Franklin from that day's Chick-fil-a Bowl show (Friday Dec. 31) but due to the last minute notice,
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ESPN Announcer Pulled for Calling Reporter 'Sweetcakes,' 'A--hole': Report

ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled from the network's Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast after calling ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards "sweetcakes," and then "a--hole," the sports site Sports by Brooks reported. Franklin and Edwards attended a production meeting before Friday's Chick-fil-a Bowl where Franklin and ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Ron Gilmore discussed Gilmore's wife being elected mayor of Alameda, Calif. When Edwards tried to join in, Edwards said, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes,” according to the site. Edwards responded, “Don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being
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