Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN's Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.
Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore's wife, Marie, being elected Alameda, Calif., mayor came up.
As Gilmore, Cunningham, and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation. When she did, Franklin said to her, "Why don't you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes." Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, "Don't call me sweetcakes. I don't like being talked to like that." Franklin then said, "OK then, a-hole."