Franklin ‘High Road’ Is Considerably Less Traveled

On Jan. 6, two days after he was fired by ESPN for making obscene, degrading remarks to ESPN colleague Jeannine Edwards - and then failing to apologize for his admitted indiscretion by ESPN request - Ron Franklin wrote in an email to Richard Sandomir of the NEW YORK TIMES, “I just want this thing to end so we can have our lives back.

Ron Franklin's High Road

(Franklin Austin lawsuit same day as ESPN-TX announcement: Coincidence?)

Franklin’s Jan. 6 lament to the newspaper followed a public apology on Jan. 3 - made through ESPN - in which he admitted, “I said some things I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.” (Franklin never personally apologized to Edwards, which contributed to his firing.)

Yesterday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, ESPN and Texas school officials announced a groundbreaking partnership that creates a sports network expressly designed to carry Univ. of Texas sports programming.

On the same day, less than a mile away at the Travis County Courthouse, the attorney for Austin resident and former Texas football and basketball announcer Ron Franklin filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against ESPN on the announcer’s behalf.

Franklin’s lawsuit filing subsequently caused at least one outlet, the New York Times, to juxtapose ESPN’s big announcement about the Texas Network right next to the news of Franklin suing the very same sports network.

Ron Franklin story next to ESPN Texas story in NY Times

(NYT: ESPN-Texas announcement next to Franklin-ESPN lawsuit)

It’s common knowledge at ESPN that Franklin had viewed the ESPN-Texas television endeavor as a possible part of his own, personal active retirement. But thanks to his ouster at the network, not even Franklin’s staunchest allies at the Univ. of Texas were willing to jeopardize the $300 million dollar deal by demanding that the former venerable voice of the Longhorns be included on ESPN Texas Network sports broadcasts.

But why would someone who still makes his home in Austin and was the former sports voice of the Univ. of Texas file a lawsuit against ESPN at a courthouse less than a mile away from campus on the exact day the school proudly announced a landmark broadcasting agreement with the same company?

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Ron Franklin Flew To Phoenix To Lobby For Job

After ESPN announcer Ron Franklin called ESPN broadcasting colleague Jeannine Edwardssweet baby” and “a–hole during a verbal exchange before the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta last Friday, ESPN management informed Franklin that he would not be working the Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast in Arizona the next night as previously scheduled. (Edwards, who was not the person to report the incident to ESPN officials, was scheduled to work the Fiesta Bowl as well.)

Ed Cunningham and Ron Franklin

(Franklin with former partner Ed Cunningham)

Surprisingly though, Franklin caught a flight to Phoenix anyway.
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Ron Franklin Fired By ESPN; He Never Apologized

ESPN announced Tuesday afternoon that veteran announcer Ron Franklin has been terminated by the company.

Jeannine Edwards Ron Franklin

ESPN released the following short statement on Franklin’s firing: “Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him.

As reported here on Sunday, Franklin made insulting comments to ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards last Friday that included calling her an “a–hole” and, as later clarified by Edwards, “sweet baby.” Read more…

Edwards Confirms Franklin Called Her An ‘A–hole’

In an email to USA TODAY reporter Michael McCarthy, ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards confirmed today that ESPN colleague Ron Franklin called her an “a–hole” during a production meeting before the ESPN Chick-fil-A Bowl telecast last Friday.

Jeannine Edwards Ron Franklin

From USA TODAY:

The trouble started, she said, during a production meeting before Friday’s Chick Fil-A Bowl that was also attended by ESPN announcers Rod Gilmore and Ed Cunningham.

Edwards says she was talking with Gilmore about his wife being elected mayor of Alameda, California. After a few minutes, she said Franklin joined in the conversation and said, “Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something . . . ” with a condescending tone.

Edwards says she told Franklin not to address her like that. To which Franklin said, according to Edwards: “OK, then listen to me a-hole.”

She says she told Franklin she didn’t appreciate his attitude — and asked why he was stooping to such levels.

In her email to McCarthy, Edwards also noted that a unnamed colleague reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management. Read more…

Franklin To Female ESPNer: ‘Sweetcakes’, ‘A–hole’

Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN’s Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.

Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that 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. Read more…

We’re Really Rooting For A Ron Franklin Hissy-Fit

Will Leitch of DEADSPIN has a brief Q & A with the guy posting the Chris Berman videos on the internet.

Chris Berman

It turns out he(?) is a disgruntled former co-worker of Berman booger, and the videos are his way of exacting revenge (and entertaining the giddy masses).

The best part of the visit: He/she said “if I have time I have one more that will probably piss off another announcer.