Earlier this week, it was reported that ESPN fired long time broadcaster and former Mariners player Harold Reynolds from his position on Baseball Tonight and the network. At first ESPN declined to say why Reynolds was let go, but a friend of mine told me at Professor Thom's last night that he was fired because a female employee at ESPN has accused him of sexually harrassing her.
Reynolds has generally had a good reputation as a player and a broadcaster and is known as a devout Christian. He has pleaded his innocence and believes he will get his position back at the network. He may be fighting an uphill battle at ESPN, as the network is known to be bananas about their sexual harrassment rules.
I always enjoyed his take on baseball when he first started on Baseball Tonight, but in the last few years, Reynolds came off way too much like a Yankee fan for my taste. Back during the 2004 ALCS, he picked the Yankees to win that series because "of the rings, and the pinstripes," which absolutely horrified Peter Gammons. Too often Reynolds sounded to me like he was angling for a gig at the YES Network.
However, he does deserve to tell his side of the story and defend himself. We'll see how all this plays out.