Ron Franklin, the play-by-play voice of the Luv Ya Blue-era Houston Oilers, was fired today by ESPN, according to media reports.
Why? Because he apparently has a workplace worldview developed closely on the tenets of Mad Men.
Franklin, who was the voice of the Oilers throughout the '70s, is apparently addicted to combining both an antediluvian philosophy of working women with phrasemaking out of the Roaring Twenties.
In the latest incident, he reacted to Jeannine Edwards's attempt to join a conversation by telling her, "Why don't you leave this to the boys, sweet baby?"
When she objected to that term and tone, Franklin said, "Okay then, asshole."
At least this happened off the air, in a pre-game meeting before the Chick-fil-A Bowl. A few years ago he embarrassed sideline reporter Holly Rowe, who said Purdue was not giving up even though Notre Dame was killing them, by sneering dismissively, "It's 49-21. sweetheart."
Does Damon Runyon write this guy's dialogue?
ESPN removed him from the Fiesta Bowl crew and Franklin, 68, issued a statement saying, "I said some things I shouldn't have and am sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl."
The apology wasn't enough, quite possibly because ESPN has a long history of harassing or belittling women and will need to prove in any future lawsuits that they don't put up with this stuff anymore.
Franklin, by the way, is not to be confused with Tom Franklin, who does play-by-play for UH.
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