Tuesday, April 15, 2008
BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN says a settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by former baseball analyst Harold Reynolds over his firing. Reynolds sued the sports network for at least $5 million in October 2006, three months after he was fired. He claimed he was wrongly fired after a female intern complained about what he called a “brief and innocuous” hug. Reynolds played 12 seasons in the major leagues and worked at the network for 11 years. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. An ESPN spokesman says the suit was settled last week in Hartford Superior Court.Obviously no numbers are going to be released, but you can imagine how big that check for Mr. Reynolds is going to be. And thus ends our long and strange trip that has taken us from Bristol, to an Outback, to MLB, to Connecticut Courts, and now a settlement. We'll never really know what happened and thanks to this settlement there will be no ESPN "Dirty Laundry" (rats), but I hope that Harold Reynolds is at least feels somewhat vindicated by this.
The only reaction I have to this all is.........I really miss Baseball Tonight.
Update: ESPN's "Johnny on the Spot" Spokesman Mike Soltys has made a statement on the Network's behalf....
According to the lawsuit, ESPN terminated Reynolds’ contract “for cause,” but gave no further explanation or specific reasons. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said the resolution allows the network to spare the people involved any further disruptions and that the settlement was “economically compelling” for ESPN. “Our confidence in both the appropriateness of our action andour legal position never wavered,” Soltys said Tuesday.I wouldn't expect anything else from the "Leader".
Update #2: Here is HR's response....
“My family and I are ecstatic,” Reynolds said in a statement Tuesday night. “This was a matter of principle and I stood on principle and never wavered. All of my goals were met and now I look forward to concentrating on the game I love.”Now if MLB could only put you in a format that I could see. Good for you HR.
Update #3: And now the video....
(Thanks to Anon for the tip. Both quotes via the Associated Press.)
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