Jeremy Roenick Sues NBC, Accuses Network of Heterosexual Discrimination
Well, this falls under the category of something you don’t hear very oftan.
Former NHL star and hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick is suing NBC for wrongful termination and accusing them of heterosexual discrimination.
Roenick was fired from the network after he made sexual jokes about his co-hosts on the Barstool Sports podcast “Spittin’ Chiclets” where he could be heard talking about having a threesome with his wife and co-host Kathryn Tappen, who is a friend of Roenick and his wife.
“The lawsuit, filed in New York Supreme Court, also accuses NBC of violating the state law against discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.
The suit points to controversy over a promotional video involving NBC figure skating commentators Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, which involved some vulgar language and an insinuation of an affair. The suit notes that neither Weir nor Lipinski were suspended or terminated.
Roenick said that he had also told Flood that Weir used “colorful commentary” about skaters’ body parts during the 2018 Olympics. Flood allegedly responded that Weir “is gay and can say whatever.”
The suit also accuses NBC of breaching Roenick’s contract by firing him without good cause, and by failing to give him a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation.”
Roenick was suspended indefinitely by NBC Sports in December 2019 and dismissed in February.
NBC Sports and NBC have not commented on the lawsuit.