Former ESPN play-by-play announcer Ron Franklin is suing ESPN for wrongful termination after an altercation between him and sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards promptly resulted in ESPN’s boot in Franklin’s you-know-where.
According to the initial report — via SportsbyBrooks.com — Franklin referred to Edwards as “sweet baby” before calling her an “a–hole”. Edwards then went to the broadcasting company’s higher management and Franklin was booted after an initial suspension.
In Travis County (TX) court documents, Franklin proclaims “the brief and innocuous personal conversation in no way constituted a `failure to fully perform (that’s what she said).'” The lawsuit also says that “ESPN and ABC disseminated false and inflated versions of the events.”
In other words …
Franklin is seeking compensatory damages, the amount of which is not known.