It was a story that made headlines across the hockey world a couple of months ago.
NBC Sports fired analyst and former NHLer Jeremy Roenick was fired after making some comments about a threesome that involved his wife and Kathryn Tappen, a coworker.
The comments were on the infamous "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast.
“I’m swimming with my wife and Kathryn, and they’ve got their bikinis on, and they look f—in’ smokin’,” he said on the podcast in December. “Ass and boobs everywhere. It’s great.”
On Friday, Roenick launched a lawsuit against NBC for wrongful termination.
Roenick is basically claiming he was let go because he's a straight male who supports Trump.
Check out an excerpt from the article on Variety:
"Roenick also states that he asked Flood for permission to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016. According to the suit, Flood responded: “I’m not saying what you can do. You know who you work for. You work for NBC. That would not look good on your NBC record.”
The hockey star alleges that Flood subsequently made derogatory remarks about Trump to Roenick, such as “your boy is messing up this country.” Roenick alleges that his support for Trump was one of the reasons leading to his firing.
The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, also accuses NBC of violating the state law against discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
The suit points to controversy over a promotional video involving NBC figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, which involved some vulgar language and an insinuation of an affair. The suit notes that neither Weir nor Lipinski were suspended or terminated.
Roenick said that he had also told Flood that Weir used “colorful commentary” about skaters’ body parts during the 2018 Olympics. Flood allegedly responded that Weir “is gay and can say whatever.”
The suit also accuses NBC of breaching Roenick’s contract by firing him without good cause, and by failing to give him a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation."
What do you think of this?
Jeremy Roenick claims NBC firing was anti-straight discrimination https://t.co/BSjvWS7D9U
— Variety (@Variety) July 17, 2020