ESPN national baseball reporter Marly Rivera was fired this week from the network after she hurled an expletive at a fellow female reporter following a disagreement.
ESPN confirmed that Rivera “no longer works here.” Rivera’s bio is no longer listed along with the network’s other employees. On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that MLB reporter Marly Rivera was fired by ESPN after calling fellow reporter Ivón Gaete a “fucking cunt” at Yankee Stadium.
It appears she has had several past incidents that should’ve gotten her fired.
Previous allegations of aggressive interactions with fellow reporters have emerged against Marly Rivera. The Washington Post uncovered previous fractious exchanges Rivera is accused of having with other journalists.
Two people told the outlet that Rivera, who became upset that a reporter was trying to take a photo of Hispanic players she was also photographing, called the reporter a “white b—h.”
In another incident, Rivera allegedly called another reporter, who is Latino, a “fake Hispanic.”
“There were extenuating circumstances, but that is not an excuse,” Rivera told the Washington Post about those incidents. “I believe these are mischaracterizations of who I am. Disagreements between media members are part of the nature of our business and happen on a regular basis, yet I am being singled out.”
Gaete, the freelance reporter that Rivera appeared to call a “f–king c–t,” is married to MLB communications executive John Blundell.
Just watching that video will have you not feeling much sympathy for Rivera since she could not contain her emotions even with children nearby trying to meet with Aaron Judge. That is just terrible behavior.
After she called Ivón Gaete a ‘fucking cunt,’ she tried her best to apologize to the woman, but she wasn’t trying to hear any of it.
Both were simply attempting to interview New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge ahead of New York’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on April 18th. Rivera reportedly told Gaete that she previously scheduled the time to interview Judge, but Rivera said Gaete ignored her.
Even if that is the case, the behavior displayed was not warranted. Hopefully, she learns from this experience.
Rivera, a bilingual writer, and reporter, covered the New York Yankees and the MLB for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. She alleges her termination is not just over the insult.
“I fully accept responsibility for what I said, which I should not have,” Rivera said in a statement to The New York Post. “There were extenuating circumstances but that in no way is an excuse for my actions.”
“I am a professional with a sterling reputation across baseball,” Rivera told The Post. “I do believe that I am being singled out by a group of individuals with whom I have a long history of professional disagreements.”
Rivera seems to have some anger issues toward people doing the same job as her. She may want to address that before she heads to another employer.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.