Harold Reynolds says he plans to sue ESPN for wrongful termination. He was fired as co-host of Baseball Tonight after a female intern accused him of hugging her innapropriately.
Reynolds says he’s just looking to protect his good name:
“I have tried everything possible to handle this situation quietly behind closed doors. After numerous conversations and multiple mediation discussions with ESPN executives, it is clear that ESPN had no intention of solving this problem amicably,” Reynolds said in a statement.
“For 11 years, I served ESPN with enthusiasm and dedication. It is unfortunate that ESPN has handled this process in an unprofessional manner. At the end of the day, my integrity, reputation and family are my top priorities, and for those reasons I need to set the record straight and clear my name.”
The suits at ESPN are sticking to their guns. They say Reynolds’ suit has no validity and they are confident that they made the right decision.
Word on the street is that Reynolds’ innapropriate hug was not his first offense and that several women had complained about his flirtations in the past.
I’m hoping that Reynolds can prove his innocence. He was one of the most liked ESPN personalities. Watching Baseball Tonight without him and Peter Gammons (who missed time after a brain anurysm) this summer just wasn’t the same. Just like PTI isn’t any good without Wilbaun and Kornheiser, Baseball Tonight needs its stars.
At the very least, here’s hoping this lawsuit will shed some light on the one question everybody is dying to know: what exactly does an “innapropriate hug” look like?