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ESPN fires Harold Reynolds for "sexual harrassment"
NY Post ^ | 7/26/06 | Andrew Marchand

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."

SNIP

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baseball; espn; haroldreynolds; reynolds
Confirmation of yesterday's speculation.

Given ESPN's track record, I'm guessing this isn't his first offense ...

1 posted on 07/26/2006 4:46:39 AM PDT by The G Man
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To: The G Man

"You're with me, leather."


2 posted on 07/26/2006 4:48:54 AM PDT by Numbers Guy
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To: The G Man

They got rid of Rush right away....


3 posted on 07/26/2006 4:50:34 AM PDT by tlj18 (Shipping out for Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, on July 27, 2006)
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To: The G Man
gave a woman a hug

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.

4 posted on 07/26/2006 4:52:59 AM PDT by csvset ("It was like the hand of G_d slapping down and smashing everything." ~ JDAM strikes Taliban)
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To: The G Man

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.


5 posted on 07/26/2006 4:58:33 AM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: The G Man

Sexual harrassment - that's all? At least he didn't criticize McNabb...


6 posted on 07/26/2006 4:59:31 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: The G Man

I heard he is being replaced by Bill Clinton in order to repair their image with women.


7 posted on 07/26/2006 5:00:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: satchmodog9
I like Reynolds too and will miss him on Baseball Tonight. I hope the accusations are false but who knows?

As for ESPN, I find myself more and more alienated from them. They are borderline left-wing activist, and they jock-sniff beyond belief.

I think there is a real market opportunity for a new sports network to do what ESPN used to do - give us sports and nothing but sports, and offer honest analysis and critique without all the fluff and self-important air.

Sort of like how Fox News appeared and blew CNN out of the water...
8 posted on 07/26/2006 5:06:06 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: Mannaggia l'America
"At least he didn't criticize McNabb"

Or go into the hereditary reasons why black athletes are stronger than white athletes.
9 posted on 07/26/2006 5:10:58 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: The G Man

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...



10 posted on 07/26/2006 5:11:30 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: God luvs America
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?

Broadcaster's multimillion-dollar former home burns

How bizarre.

11 posted on 07/26/2006 5:19:50 AM PDT by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: God luvs America

::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.


12 posted on 07/26/2006 5:25:37 AM PDT by HeinousB
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To: over3Owithabrain

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.


13 posted on 07/26/2006 5:34:15 AM PDT by razorback-bert (Rush was a victim of profiling)
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To: The G Man
That's really strange. He watches his FORMER home burn, then goes on a bender and shows up for work stinking drunk, leading to his firing. Do I have that right?

With all the groping, drinking and drugs going on in Bristol, Rush gets the heaviest axe for a comment?
14 posted on 07/26/2006 5:37:20 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: The G Man
He should have stuck with a shoulder rub...
15 posted on 07/26/2006 5:38:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: The G Man

And Michael Irvin was arrested again 3 weeks ago. Caught speeding after violating probation for another speeding incident:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/carrollton/stories/072606dnmetirvin.351fa98.html


16 posted on 07/26/2006 5:38:14 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: satchmodog9

"I was really hoping it was Joe Morgan."

I was hoping it would be Steve Phillips. He is by far the worst.


17 posted on 07/26/2006 5:43:44 AM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: God luvs America
ESPN walks on egg shells when it comes to sexual harrassment based on prior incidents..

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.

18 posted on 07/26/2006 5:43:51 AM PDT by dc27
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To: over3Owithabrain
That's really strange. He watches his FORMER home burn,

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!

19 posted on 07/26/2006 5:44:57 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: over3Owithabrain
Do I have that right?

LOL! I have no idea. It's such a strange story.

20 posted on 07/26/2006 5:46:04 AM PDT by The G Man (The NY Times did "great harm to the United States" - President George W. Bush 6/26/06)
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To: pageonetoo

But at least he still has his dog, $h!thead. And this lamp. His dog, this lamp, and these sunglasses...


21 posted on 07/26/2006 5:49:56 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat

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.


22 posted on 07/26/2006 5:51:33 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: pageonetoo

BTW, if you don't recognize that movie reference, S-head is the actual name of the dog, not a curse aimed at you!


23 posted on 07/26/2006 5:51:41 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Rummyfan

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...


24 posted on 07/26/2006 5:54:40 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: csvset
I can't think of any reason to hug a coworker. Married? Engaged? Death in the family? Birthday? I'll sign a card.

I guess that depends on your culture. It sounds like you live in the sterile cold, politically corrected world of hillary, Madalyn and Janet.

25 posted on 07/26/2006 6:07:34 AM PDT by ghostrider
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To: ghostrider
There are thousands of legitimate reasons not to hug a coworker, most especially after being warned about it in the past. Just because you may may be a touchy-feely type of person, gives you no license to do as you please.
26 posted on 07/26/2006 6:24:43 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I saw the movie!

I've been cursed enough that it rolls on down... smoke 'em if you got 'em!

27 posted on 07/26/2006 6:31:03 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
What's ESPN?

If it ain't on Speed, Fox, TNT, Spike, or NBCSports, it ain't worth watching!


28 posted on 07/26/2006 6:37:53 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
But at least he still has his dog, $h!thead. And this lamp. His dog, this lamp, and these sunglasses...

Think he also has the ashtray??? Great movie reference...

29 posted on 07/26/2006 6:39:47 AM PDT by T-Bird45
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To: The G Man

So who did he hug?

My money is on Linda "Six Toe" Cohn.


30 posted on 07/26/2006 6:40:01 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: God luvs America

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?


31 posted on 07/26/2006 6:40:12 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: HeinousB

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


32 posted on 07/26/2006 7:20:26 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: The G Man

ESPN, The Eastcoast Sports Propoganda Network.
All Yankees and Red Sox, all the time.


33 posted on 07/26/2006 7:30:15 AM PDT by 38special (I mean come'on.)
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To: Mannaggia l'America

You must mean say something stupid.


34 posted on 07/26/2006 7:32:27 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: csvset
I can't think of any reason to hug a coworker.

You'd be surprised how many people seem to do it according to this thread.

35 posted on 07/26/2006 7:37:48 AM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: God luvs America

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.


36 posted on 07/26/2006 7:50:57 AM PDT by mjolnir ("All great change in America begins at the dinner table.")
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To: God luvs America

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!


37 posted on 07/26/2006 7:55:40 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: csvset

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.


38 posted on 07/26/2006 8:13:23 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: rawhide
Just because you may may be a touchy-feely type of person, gives you no license to do as you please.

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.

39 posted on 07/26/2006 9:02:56 AM PDT by ghostrider
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To: God luvs America
Jeff Brantley,another ESPN baselball analyst was also fired

Drat. It's bad enough that Peter Gammons is ill. Harold Reynolds and Jeff Brantley, fired?

Just don't let anything happen to Kruk!

40 posted on 07/26/2006 1:18:20 PM PDT by newgeezer ("Hezbollah" is deceptive. The accurate translation is "Hezb'Allah"; it means 'party of Allah')
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To: God luvs America

Funny how I don't remember EVER hearing that Reynolds was a jerk off of the field when he was in Baltimore....


41 posted on 07/26/2006 1:20:37 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (Hi. This is the artist formerly known as MikeinIraq. Your message is being forwarded to /dev/null.)
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To: The G Man

I always thought Reynolds was a squeaky clean churchgoin' man.


42 posted on 07/26/2006 3:19:57 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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