ESPN Fired Harold Reynolds for Sexual Harassment, but Steve Philips Gets a Suspension…Is This Fair?


Steve Phillips has admitted to having an affair with a 22 year old production assistant. Phillips is married and the young lady did not take the break up very well. Police have become involved because of the young lady’s erratic behavior. Phillips has requested a leave of absence and he was granted one. ESPN was not as understanding in 2006 when then analyst Harold Reynolds (pictured above) was accused of sexual harassment. He was accused of giving an employee an improper hug and he was immediately fired. There had been no formal inquiry Reynolds had worked for the network for 11 years and he was simply erased, but Phillips is allowed to take some time off while they make a decision regarding his fate. Why aren’t they simply firing Phillips and calling it a day? What is the difference in these two situations?  One thing I did not mention is Phillips is white.

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  • elogam  On October 24, 2009 at 6:18 am

    ESPN may well fire Phillips. Let’s wait and see. Maybe they learned something from the Reynolds incident, and didn’t want to make the same mistake. Maybe Phillips just has a better lawyer. I don’t know. I’ll keep an open mind. If Phillips keeps his job after a FAR more egregious act, you may well have something. Let’s hope that’s not the case.

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