ESPN fires announcer who made sexist comments

Let’s just assume that the word “sweetcakes” will never be uttered again in a workplace environment.

ESPN has fired veteran announcer Ron Franklin after making sexist comments to fellow station employee Jeannine Edwards.

Franklin, who works college football and basketball telecasts for the network, was pulled from his duties for radio coverage of the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Night after referring to Edwards as "sweetcakes" when she tried to join a conversation during a production meeting before Friday's telecast of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. After Edwards took offense to the remark, Franklin followed up by using the term "a--hole."

Edwards reported the conversation to ESPN management, and the comments were confirmed with Ed Cunningham, a fellow ESPN announcer who was there with colleague Rod Gilmore. The network attempted to pull Franklin off the Friday telecast, but it was too late to find a replacement, according to the report.

Franklin was taken off Saturday's radio broadcast and replaced with Dave Lamont.

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