Network Suspends Analyst After Comments on Coworkers

Jeremy Roenick is suspended without pay, NBC says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 23, 2019 5:00 PM CST
NHL Analyst Suspended for Suggestive Comments on Colleagues
Jeremy Roenick, shown in 2010, has been suspended without pay.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel, File)

Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely Monday by NBC Sports over his inappropriate comments about coworkers. Roenick made a series of questionable remarks about fellow hockey broadcasters Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter during a recent appearance on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, the AP reports. An NBC Sports spokesman said that the suspension is without pay and that the network would have no further comment. On the podcast, Roenick discussed a vacation to Portugal with his wife and Tappen, making repeated references to the NBC Sports anchor's appearance and joking about the possibility of the three of them having sex. Roenick said they went on vacation together because his wife, Tracy, and Tappen are good friends. When another resort guest asked about the situation, he recalled, "I play it off like we're going to bed together every night, the three of us." He added, "If it really came to fruition, that would really be good, but it's never going to happen."

Roenick subsequently praised Tappen as "one of the most professional sports personalities I know." Later, Roenick called Sharp "so beautiful" and said: "I'd have to think about it if he asked me. ... I wouldn't say no right away." He then seemed to contrast Sharp's appearance with his and Carter's. "It's good to have a beautiful face that talks well that knows the game because it's totally the opposite when me and Anson get on there," Roenick said. He also called Sharp, a former teammate, "one of the greatest, greatest guys on the planet" and said, "I think he's been great for NBC." Roenick played 20 NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Sharks and Kings. He has been an analyst at NBC Sports since 2010. (Another NHL analyst lost his job last month over comments about immigrants.)

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