Jeremy Roenick sues NBC for straight man discrimination

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Who fired JR? It was NBC. Why? Because of discrimination, claims the former NHL star.

Jeremy Roenick is suing NBC Sports for unfair dismissal, saying they discriminated against him as a straight man after a number of controversial things he told other media.

Roenick was fired after appearing on the ‘Spittin’ Chiclets’ podcast on Barstool Sports and joking about having a threesome with his wife and NBC colleague Kathryn Tappen. Roenick also says his outspoken support for US President Donald Trump in 2016 has hurt his cause.

“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. ”

Shortly after, NBC suspended the former Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes sniper. Despite an apology, Roenick was subsequently fired.

Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick in happier times.

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Roenick says in his lawsuit, which was filed in the New York Supreme Court on Friday, that he asked his supervisor, Sam Flood, for permission to speak at the Republican National Convention in 2016 and that he was said, “I’m not saying what you can do. You know who you work for. You work for NBC. It would not look good on your NBC disc. ”

The Boston native also alleges that Flood made derogatory comments about “your boy” Trump.

The lawsuit accuses NBC of violating state law against discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation. Roenick pointed to a controversial promotional video featuring NBC figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. Roenick’s suit notes were not suspended or dismissed for their “colorful commentary on the skaters” and said that Flood replied that Weir “is gay and can say anything”.

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