Skip to comments.ESPN fires Harold Reynolds for "sexual harrassment"
Posted on 07/26/2006 4:46:38 AM PDT by The G Man
July 26, 2006 -- After being accused of sexual harassment and fired by ESPN, former "Baseball Tonight" analyst Harold Reynolds said yesterday he doesn't think he did anything wrong and is still hoping to regain his job.
"This was a total misunderstanding," Reynolds told The Post. "My goal is to sit down and get back. To be honest with you, I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted."
Reynolds declined to give any more details. The woman who accused Reynolds of the sexual harassment is an ESPN co-worker, according to sources.
Yesterday, ESPN confirmed The Post's report that Reynolds had been fired, but they would not comment any further.
"He no longer works here," ESPN VP Josh Krulewitz said.
Still, Reynolds is hopeful ESPN executives will change their minds. Besides being with the network for 11 years, Reynolds had just signed a new six-year contract to remain in Bristol and he recently got married.
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Given ESPN's track record, I'm guessing this isn't his first offense ...
"You're with me, leather."
They got rid of Rush right away....
Was it someone at ESPN that he hugged? I can't think of any reason to hug a coworker. Married? Engaged? Death in the family? Birthday? I'll sign a card.
I saw the headline of Fired over a picture in the paper this morning. I was really hoping it was Joe Morgan. I liked Harold.
Sexual harrassment - that's all? At least he didn't criticize McNabb...
I heard he is being replaced by Bill Clinton in order to repair their image with women.
I spoke about this with a friend from ESPN....
Reynolds was harrassing a girl at ESPN consistently- she filed two complaints but Reynolds would not quit...evidently he hit on her again yesterday and was promptly fired then escorted to his car...the word was while he was great on TV he was a SOB to work with....
I heard it wasn't major- he didn't say "hey- let's go in the back of my car and play hide the salami"....
he kept asking her out and hanging around her- which classify's as sexual harassment after the first time she say's "leave me alone"....
ESPN walks on egg shells when it comes to sexual harrassment based on prior incidents..
Jeff Brantley,another ESPN baselball analyst was also fired- he evidently showed up drunk to the studios 20-minutes after Reynolds was fired...
Wow! I wonder if it has something to do with this?
::fingers in ears:: Please don't tell me Reynolds was a jerk off the air. He was one of the reasons I would watch the games.
I only watch espn when they have a football game on, then turn the sound off.
Try to find out a score without learning what color undies a jock wears, is impossible.
And Michael Irvin was arrested again 3 weeks ago. Caught speeding after violating probation for another speeding incident:
"I was really hoping it was Joe Morgan."
I was hoping it would be Steve Phillips. He is by far the worst.
When it comes to sexual harrassment, if you get a pass on the first offense and it is documented with HR, consider yourself very lucky. If you do it a second time, the company has no choice but to fire you. The company does not want to be party to a lawsuit for sexual harrassment.
He may have been having finance problems. Most of the time, these days, an "investment firm" buying it means, "1-800-we-pay-cash". They prey on peole, buying at a substantial discount off the homes value. But, it IS quick cash!
If he was on a spiral, the home going, and then burning, too, was probaly a good reaon to escape for a little while (to him)! Imagine how he feels after being fired!
LOL! I have no idea. It's such a strange story.
But at least he still has his dog, $h!thead. And this lamp. His dog, this lamp, and these sunglasses...
Why do they keep the jerk Irvin on? He's an obnoxious totally unwatchable prima donna!
There are two things I watch on ESPN: The Sports Reporters and the NFL weekly highlights, the latter so I can get some idea of how my fantasy team did.
BTW, if you don't recognize that movie reference, S-head is the actual name of the dog, not a curse aimed at you!
Because ESPN is run by idiots? Yeah, I can't stand Irvin, either. Nor Stewart Scott or half the wannabees over there now.
It all started downhill when ESPN radio got rid of Tony Bruno...
I guess that depends on your culture. It sounds like you live in the sterile cold, politically corrected world of hillary, Madalyn and Janet.
I've been cursed enough that it rolls on down... smoke 'em if you got 'em!
If it ain't on Speed, Fox, TNT, Spike, or NBCSports, it ain't worth watching!
Think he also has the ashtray??? Great movie reference...
So who did he hug?
My money is on Linda "Six Toe" Cohn.
What ever happened to "Keep it up and I'll do a Lorena Bobbitt on you!" or a hard knee to the groin, or "How about I call your wife right now and ask her about us dating?" or calling a few friends to have a chat in the parking lot explaining that if he left you alone he'd not need major dental work?
he was more than a jerk- they said he was a major POS and impossible to work with- the exact opposite of what he was on TV
ESPN, The Eastcoast Sports Propoganda Network.
All Yankees and Red Sox, all the time.
You must mean say something stupid.
You'd be surprised how many people seem to do it according to this thread.
Sounds like political correctness at ESPN strikes again.
Yes, I am biased because Reynolds is one of the few at ESPN who isn't annoying on tv. If your friend is right and he was given warnings, then I guess he really did have to go.
Oh well, at least Olberman isn't back on it with his moronic criticisms of boxing and football. As pathetic as he is on MSNBC, he was worse on ESPN.
All right, just as pathetic.
In my experience a "hug" won't get you fired. The real story had to be something more and your friend's explanation clears that up. As for Brantley, what a dope!
You'd be amazed at the number of times co-workers try to hug. It is much less frequent now than it used to be - thank goodness. It is very unpleasant to have a big sweaty guy try to hug you. Basically I think they want to feel your breasts up against them. Yuck.
And...just because you may have been politically corrected doesn't give you a license to impose your political correctness on others. Obviously, there are legitimate arguments on both sides. Some cultures shake hands in greeting, others think it is a filthy habit that spreads germs and warts. Some cultures hug and touch cheeks in greeting, others think this offends their person. Some athletes hug, slug and swat each other. On the bottom line, judgment, awareness and consideration are factors. I certainly would never hug hillary, but I would consider a hug of congratulations or condolence for a good friend - male of female.
Drat. It's bad enough that Peter Gammons is ill. Harold Reynolds and Jeff Brantley, fired?
Just don't let anything happen to Kruk!
Funny how I don't remember EVER hearing that Reynolds was a jerk off of the field when he was in Baltimore....
I always thought Reynolds was a squeaky clean churchgoin' man.