Former hockey player and NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick filed a suit against NBC for firing him due to discrimination.
Roenick claims that his former network discriminated against him for being a straight man, as per a Variety report.
In December, Roenick made a comment in a podcast episode of the “Spittin’ Chiclets” about his wife and a workmate.
“I’m swimming with my wife and Kathryn,” he said.
“They’ve got their bikinis on, and they look f—-in’ smokin’,” he added.
“A** and b***s everywhere. It’s great.”
The comment got him suspended, said Variety.
Although he issued an apology, he was eventually terminated from work.
Discrimination Due to his Gender and Sexual Orientation
Roenick’s claim on discrimination is due to a double standard against two other NBC commentators, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
Roenick’s suit refers to the 2018 spoof of the US National figure skating video.
The two were involved in using vulgar words against Olympic figure skater, Bradie Tennel, as per a USA Today report.
The two also joked on a s***al affair, as per USA Today.
Roenick notes in his suit that the two were not suspended nor terminated.
The former hockey player’s supervisor Sam Flood allegedly told Roenick, that Weir “is gay and can say whatever”.
Termination Due to His Political Views
He also added, that his support against US President Donald Trump is also a factor in his termination, said Variety.
In 2016, Roenick asked Flood if he could speak in a Republican event in 2016.
“I’m not saying what you can do,” Flood answered, as per the suit.
“You know who you work for. You work for NBC. That would not look good on your NBC record”.
He also claims that Flood made disrespectful remarks against Trump in front of him.
For example, on one occasion, Flood told him, “your boy is messing up this country”.