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ESPN settles wrongful termination lawsuit brought by Ron Franklin

Ron Franklin was fired last January after a contentious conversation with co-worker Jeannine Edwards.
by Mel Bracht Modified: January 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm •  Published: January 13, 2012
/articleid/3640015/1/pictures/1610376">Photo - Ron Franklin, 2006 file photo
Ron Franklin, 2006 file photo

Franklin is said to have addressed Edwards as “sweet baby” when she attempted to join a conversation about a non-work-related matter and, after she objected to the phrase, he replied, “Do you want me to talk ugly to you, like ‘(bleep)?'”

The lawsuit alleged that Franklin's comments during a “brief and innocuous conversation” did not warrant dismissal because they did not violate the failure to perform clause of his contract, the Houston Chronicle reported.

According to the suit, that clause lists lack of preparation and acts of “moral turpitude” and acts that would result in “public humiliation to ESPN” as grounds for dismissal.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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