Roenick was released after joking on the “Spittin ‘Chiclets” podcast about a threesome with his wife and co-worker Kathryn Tappen during a discussion about a vacation in Portugal.
“I swim with my wife and Kathryn, and they wear their bikinis, and they look f-in ‘smokin’,” he said on the podcast in December. “Ass and breasts everywhere. It’s good. ”
Roenick was quickly suspended. He apologized and his supervisor, Sam Flood, later informed him that he had been fired.
Roenick also states that he asked Flood for permission to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016. According to the lawsuit, Flood replied, “I’m not saying what you can do. You know who you work for. You work for NBC. It wouldn’t 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 screwing this country up.” Roenick alleges that his support for Trump was one of the reasons that led to his dismissal.
The lawsuit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, also accuses NBC of violating state law against discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation.
The lawsuit is controversial over a promotional video involving NBC figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, which involved vulgar language and an innuendo of a case. The lawsuit notes that neither Weir nor Lipinski have been suspended or fired.
Roenick said he also told Flood that Weir used “colorful comments” on skaters’ body parts during the 2018 Olympics. Flood reportedly replied that Weir “is gay and can say anything.” .
The lawsuit also accuses NBC of violating Roenick’s contract by firing him without just cause and failing to give him a reasonable opportunity to correct the breach.