REYNOLDS' LAWSUIT POINTS TO SALISBURY CELL PHONE SHENANIGANS
We knew it would happen. The moment we read that Sean Salisbury of ESPN was suspended for a week after showing cell phone photos of Lil' Sean to co-workers, we knew that Harold Reynolds, formerly of ESPN, would make an issue of the fact that Reynolds' termination based on merely hugging a co-worker was unfairly harsh.
We knew it would happen because it was obvious to us that Reynolds was treated differently (i.e., worse) than Salisbury.
Now, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports that Reynolds is pointing to the incident as evidence of a racial bias at ESPN.
Though Sandomir's story doesn't name Salisbury, Sandomir refers to "an analyst [who] showed a cellphone photograph of his genitals to male and female employees and received a one-week suspension."
Sandomir also mentions the fact that Jay Crawford and Woody Paige of ESPN2's defunct Cold Pizza have been sued for sexual harassment. Both are still on the network, and no apparent discipline was imposed on either of them.
But to the extent that Reynolds is trying to prove that ESPN goes easier on white employees than it does on African-Americans, Reynolds overlooks the fact that ESPN yanked Brian Kinchen (who is white) off of the air for using the phrase "kinda ***" during a college football telecast. As far as we can tell, Kinchen never was reinstated.
Reynolds also ignores the fact that Bristol bent over backwards to keep Michael Irvin, who wasn't fired after failing to disclose an arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. Likewise, ESPN has a significant number of minority analysts.
Hey, we've got plenty of gripes about the Worldwide Leader in Sports. But, in our view, it's not a racist organization.