When will a straight white hockey player ever have a chance in this world, man!
Jeremy Roenick, who does his best Curt Schilling’s impression, that of transforming a beloved social outcast player after his gambling days, has filed a lawsuit against NBC claiming he was fired for heterosexual discrimination.
Roenick was suspended from NBC Sports in December, then fired for making inappropriate remarks about co-host Kathryn Tappen on the Barstool Spittin ‘Chiclets podcast.
“I play like we go to bed every night, the three of us. But that will never happen, ”he said of Tappen, who joined Roenick and his wife on a trip to Portugal. He said his wife and Tappen looked “fucking smoking” while at the pool. “Ass and breasts everywhere. It’s good. “
Tappen said she did not approve his comments.
“While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially among co-workers, ”Tappen said.
Roenick had worked for The Peacock since 2010, shortly after the end of his 20-year NHL career.
Roenick’s lawsuit, filed Friday with the Supreme Court of New York, claims a double standard of the network, pointing to the comments of the former figure skater Johnny Weir.
In a parody for the hosted by Seth MacFarlane Variety show at home, Weir and fellow figure skater Tara Lipinski joined actors Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins to talk about 2018 Olympic bronze medalist skater Bradie Tennell. According to USA Today, Lipinski posted the video to her Instagram on May 29, but it was quickly deleted.
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“Nice camel ride in a toe loop,” although Tennell does not do a camel ride or toe loop in the streak.
Higgins replies, “Yes, the camel toe. Gail knows this one very well. “
Banks, who plays Gail from “Pitch Perfect,” says, “I am, I am.”
Moments later, Weir jokes, “I really hope we can see his quads during this program.” Tennell did not attempt a quadruple jump at the Olympics.
Banks responds, “Ah, easy Johnny, your wife is setting right there.” “
“Gail, we are colleagues and best friends,” says Weir.
“Oh, I see,” said Banks. “Office romance, gotcha. “
The basis for the lawsuit appears to rest on the fact that Roenick claims to have asked NBC Sports executive Sam Flood about the “colorful comment” he was told Weir is “gay and can say anything.”
Brock McGillis, the only openly gay former player in hockey history, had some prime comments for Roenick:
McGillis is an activist for diversity and inclusion in hockey, developed during a call with Deadspin.
“I think it’s problematic that a white, cis, straight man who made millions of dollars playing a sport thinks it’s okay not only to make sexist comments about a colleague, but also now to bring a gay man… Let’s face it, hockey has always been known to harass and make fun of male figure skaters. And now you bring a gay figure skater [into this] to justify it and potentially bring it down? That is problematic. It is the epitome of privilege.
“Should they have done the sketch?” No, but they are not at all the same.
Roenick is a classic example of a man in the sports world treat women as equals, but as sexual objects. And just the last case illustrating the toxic island culture hockey where this behavior is tolerated. When people are privileged and find out that they cannot get away with abusing that privilege, they equate it with oppression.
McGillis uses a restaurant analogy to show that thinking is bad.
“Right now, a lot of minorities are looking from the outside,” McGillis said. “There are people inside like Jeremy, sitting there eating. It is not that we want to take his table. Because we also want to go eat. We don’t want to be treated any differently from other tables. “