ESPN Announcer Ron Franklin Apologizes for Calling Jeannine Edwards ‘Sweet Baby’
I don’t know ESPN announcer Ron Franklin, but the guy sounds like a grade A jerk. Franklin was pulled off the radio broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl after an incident with reporter Jeannine Edwards.
As Sports by Brooks explained Sunday, ESPN announcer Rod Gilmore and Edwards were discussing the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected mayor of Alameda. Apparently Franklin interjected, saying something along the lines of “let me tell you something, sweet baby.” Edwards naturally objected to the way she was addressed by Franklin, let him know about it, and he responded by saying okay then, a–hole.
A fellow employee who witnessed the event reported it to ESPN, which tried to pull Franklin off the Chick-fil-A Bowl later that day, but didn’t have enough time. They were able to remove Franklin from the Fiesta Bowl, however. What’s more, this isn’t the first time Franklin has been caught speaking condescendingly towards a female co-worker. He also spoke down to Holly Rowe during a college football game on ESPN a few years ago.
Franklin has apologized for saying things he should not have, but an apology doesn’t change what we already know: this guy clearly does not respect women. And what is it with Jeannine Edwards that she keeps attracting this sort of behavior?