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According to SportsByBrooks.com, the incident happened during a production meeting on Friday as part of the Chick-fil-A Bowl broadcast, which was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore.
“During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected Alameda (CA) mayor came up. As Gilmore, Cunningham and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation. When she did, Franklin said to her, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes.” Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, “don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being talked to like that.” Franklin then said, “okay then, a – hole.” After the meeting Edwards reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management.”
After the incident was confirmed, ESPN executives wanted to pull Franklin from the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but couldn’t find a replacement on such short notice.
Dave Lamont filled in for Franklin on last night’s radio broadcast.