According to FOX Sports, Ron Franklin, an ESPN sportscaster fired from the network for inappropriate remarks, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in a Texas county court. Franklin allegedly made remarks to a sideline reporter in a hotel lobby before the Chick-fil-A-Bowl. The reporter’s name is Jeannine Edwards.
According to witnesses, Franklin was having a conversation with other people about unrelated work conversations about Texas property taxes. Edwards joined in the conversation and according to Franklin, made interruptions and verbal jabs. Franklin proceeded to call Edwards a sweetheart and then used an inappropriate sexist term towards the woman. ESPN removed Franklin from his assignment and suspended the sportscaster.
In his lawsuit, Franklin claims his two-year contract with ESPN and ABC contains a narrow failure to perform clause that allows for termination. The clause allows for termination for inadequate preparation or lack of punctuality in his work or insubordination.
ESPN issued a statement stating they were confident in the company’s decision to remove Franklin from the air. Franklin had called college football and basketball games for ESPN since 1987. ESPN still employs Edwards. Franklin also faced sexist remarks allegations after another sideline reporter claimed he used an inappropriate term when speaking with her during a football game between Purdue and Notre Dame.