Barkley Takes A Moment To Give A Heartfelt Shoutout To ESPN Peers Who Lost Their Jobs (VIDEO)
What hundreds of employees dreaded in Bristol for over a month came rearing its ugly head this week after ESPN fired more than 100 on-air personalities on Wednesday.
TNT’s Charles Barkley took a moment on ‘Inside The NBA’ to let his peers know he was thinking about them while delivering a heartfelt response to ESPN’s recent layoffs.
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Here’s a breakdown of who ESPN laid off today:
“Former “First Take” host Jay Crawford is leaving, along with fellow “SportsCenter” anchors Jaymee Sire, Jade McCarthy, Darren Haynes and Chris Hassel, college basketball analyst Len Elmore, golf voice Dottie Pepper and ESPN Radio host Robin Lundberg. In addition, anchor Hannah Storm, “Baseball Tonight” host Karl Ravech and ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo (who is Kanell’s co-host) will have their roles “significantly reduced,” a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Other journalists who revealed they have been let go include: columnists Johnette Howard and Jane McManus; baseball reporters Jim Bowden, Doug Padilla and Mark Saxon; basketball reporters Ethan Strauss, Calvin Watkins and Justin Verrier; hockey reporters Pierre LeBrun, Scott Burnside and Joe McDonald; college reporters Dana O’Neil, Brett McMurphy, Eamonn Brennan, Chantel Jennings, Jeremy Crabtree, Max Olson, C.L. Brown, Austin Ward and Jesse Temple; and soccer reporter Mike L. Goodman.”