Apparently Marie Gilmore’s election as the mayor of Alameda is still a hot topic — nationwide.
An online report by Sports by Brooks says that veteran ESPN football announcer Ron Franklin and sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards had a spat before Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore attended the meeting where the disagreement occurred.
When the conversation turned to the subject of Marie Gilmore, Rod’s wife, and her election as mayor of Alameda, Edwards tried to contribute to this discussion but said she was shut down by Franklin.
“Listen to me, sweet baby, let me tell you something… ” Franklin is said to have told her.
Edwards then said she told him not to speak to her like that, to which he responded: “OK then, listen to me, a**hole.”
In a statement Monday, Jan. 3, Franklin said: “I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.” The announcer, 68, worked on college football and basketball games for ESPN since 1987 and was fired Tuesday, Jan. 4.
And it’s not just the major sports websites that are paying attention to this: the Washington Post has covered it too!
Guess this means there’s no sweet-talking on the Island when it comes sports and politics!