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Ron Franklin dumped by ESPN for offensive remarks in workplace

January 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Yeah, we do things a little different down here in the South.

In the workplace, the terms “honey” and “sweetie” are still tossed about from time to time, but you had better be careful about the way you use our special Southern terms, or it could end up costing you your job.

Southern gentleman and longtime sportscaster Ron Franklin learned that the hard way.

Franklin, an Ole Miss alum and Oxford native, was pulled from the radio broadcast of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl following his sexist comment toward a female sideline reporter. Franklin, 68, reportedly referred to Jeannine Edwards as “sweetcakes” during a production meeting when she attempted to join a discussion he was having with another announcer. When she complained, Franklin allegedly then swore at her. ESPN did not have time to find a replacement for Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl but made the move for Saturday.

The move comes just days after an ESPN anchor was suspended for plagiarizing a newspaper story. Will Selva admitted to copying all but a few words of a column on the Lakers written by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register and using it on air.

Not a great week for ESPN folks, but you have to admit, it could be worse. Just ask the members of the Big 10 conference.