People are suggesting that a double standard exists at ESPN. Why? Harold Reynolds, an African-American analyst, was immediately fired for a false claim of harassment, while Steve Phillips, who is Caucasian, gets a one week leave from work after admitting to being in a weird sex, love triangle:
ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips has reportedly been suspended for a week amid allegations of an affair gone wrong with a 22-year old production assistant named Brooke Hundley. Phillips has asked ESPN for a leave of absence and it was granted. Phillips, who is married, tried to keep his infidelity quiet but to no avail. Phillips recently decided to end his dealings with the young lady who invariably lost control. Hundleys’ erratic behavior, which included writing a letter to Phillips’ wife, prompted him to get the police involved.
This situation is reminiscent of what happened to ESPN baseball analyst, Harold Reynolds in 2006. Reynolds was accused of sexual harassment because he gave a female production assistant “an improper hug” at an Outback restaurant. Charges were filed by the woman, and before any of the allegations could be thoroughly substantiated by ESPN, Reynolds was fired after 11 years of service.
Reynolds issued the following statement to the New York Post after the 2006 incident, “This was a total misunderstanding. My goal is to sit down and get back. To be honest with you, I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted.” As we know, Reynolds ended up suing ESPN for wrongful termination. ESPN settled with Reynolds in June of 2008. After the settlement, Reynolds issued the following, “My family and I are ecstatic,” said Reynolds, the former All-Star second baseman. “This is 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.” Reynolds has since moved on to the MLB Network. Based on how ESPN treated Reynolds without question, Phillips should be history as well. The evidence, which includes the note written by Hundley and Phillips, suggests the allegations of infidelity are probably true. So why grant the leave of absence and not outright fire him too?
Do you think there is a double standard in Major League Baseball, or any other sport, when it comes to white men and black men ??? Nahhhh!