SJ - July 20, 2020
Former NHL star and hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick is suing NBC for wrongful termination. He's accusing the network of heterosexual discrimination.
Roenick was fired after he made sexual jokes about his co-hosts on the Barstool Sports podcast "Spittin' Chiclets."
One of the jokes was about having a threesome with his wife and co-host Kathryn Tappen, who is a friend of Roenick and his wife.
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.
Does anyone have a sense of humor anymore? Jokes aren't supposed to be taken seriously, that's why they're called jokes.
I want to live in a world where Roenick and Johnny Weir are allowed to make jokes. Everyone needs to chill out a little.