Ed Werder Says ESPN Fired Him, Then Asked If He Could Work The NFL Draft
After 17 years with the company, the Worldwide Leader in Sports ended its relationship with longtime NFL reporter Ed Werder literally minutes after Werder announced his dog was dying.
After 17 years reporting on #NFL, I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) April 26, 2017
This firing came just one day before the start of the NFL draft, but that didn’t stop ESPN from asking Werder if he could still work the draft anyway.
While making an appearance on ‘The Doomsday Podcast‘, Werder revealed what was told to him when he sat down with ESPN executives, and what was asked of him immediately after.
“When they finished telling me I was laid off, they said this was effective immediately,” Werder said. “And the next thing they told me to do as a former employee of ESPN was stay and cover the Saints’ draft, which seemed like an odd way to begin your unemployment.
“But it seemed like it was my option, and I chose not to. I just didn’t feel like it was the right place for me to be, alone in a hotel room and then out in public as a former employee, representing ESPN with the New Orleans Saints.”
ESPN still plans to honor Werder’s contract as long as he doesn’t take a full-time job elsewhere.
“Apparently, if I want to continue being paid by ESPN for the duration of my contract, they will not allow me to work in television or other media without risking all that they owe me,” Werder said.”
Werder went on to question the motives of his former company and where they’re headed.
“It’s not the quality of your work that’s a factor,” Werder said. “Well, it causes me to wonder, what is ESPN about? Because I mean, I thought it was about news and information and highlights, and I’m not sure that is the point of emphasis any more. How is ESPN going to cover the NFL without all of the people who just lost their jobs?”