ESPN announcer Ron Franklin has apologized for his comments directed towards Jeannine Edwards prior to last Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl broadcast.
“I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry,” Franklin said in a statement. “I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”
Edwards shared her side of the story with USA Today via e-mail earlier today:
“She said Franklin joined a conversation she was having with announcer Rod Gilmore at a production meeting Friday and told her, “Listen to me Sweet Baby, let me tell you something…,” in a condescending tone. When Edwards asked Franklin not to address her that way, she said Franklin replied, “OK, then listen to me a-hole.”
While it appears Franklin’s job is safe, hopefully this serves as a wake up call on how not to treat your female colleagues.