Fired ESPN analyst won't be joining either network
Posted: Friday July 28, 2006 9:53AM; Updated: Friday July 28, 2006 10:11PM
SI.com has learned that Harold Reynolds, who was fired last week by ESPN as one of its major league analysts for alleged sexual misconduct and told a newspaper that he's fielding several other job offers, will not be joining one of baseball's other national broadcasters, Fox Sports or Turner Sports, any time soon.
"We are very happy with our current stable of MLB broadcasters," said Dan Bell, vice president of communications for Fox Sports. Turner Sports also says it has no interest now. "We respect Harold Reynolds' baseball knowledge and his quality of work as an analyst," said Turner Sports executive producer Jeff Behnke. "At this point it is way too early for us to look at talent hires for the 2007 season and our playoffs package."
On Thursday, after ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer told Reynolds he would not get his job back, Reynolds told USA Today that he had several other job offers. "The phone started ringing as soon as the news hit, and I'm flattered by that," Reynolds said. "People around baseball know what kind of person I am. That's why I'm getting the offers I am."
On Tuesday the New York Post broke the story that Reynolds had been fired by ESPN after 11 years as an analyst. The following day both the Post and Newsday reported that Reynolds' dismissal came after he was accused of sexual harassment by a coworker. Newsday, citing three people who work at ESPN, reported that the firing was a result of a pattern of sexual harassment.
Reynolds' response offered more questions than answers. He told the Post that "it was a total misunderstanding.... To be honest with you, I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted." His explanation to USA Today focused more on a shift in management philosophy. "They [ESPN suits] made a decision to have a change in direction. I respect their decision, but I don't necessarily agree with it."