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A Former NHL Star Is Reportedly Suing NBC Sports

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A former National Hockey League star is reportedly suing NBC Sports after he was terminated from his job.

Jeremy Roenick, who starred in the NHL from 1988-2009, was suspended indefinitely last December for comments he made about Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter on Barstool Sports' Spittin Chiclets podcast. The former NHL star joked that he would like to have a threesome with his wife and Tappen.

“I’m swimming with my wife and Kathryn, and they’ve got their bikinis on, and they look f—in’ smokin’,” he said on the podcast in December. “A-- and b--bs everywhere. It’s great.”

NBC Sports fired Roenick after his suspension ended in February 2020.

Now, according to a report from Variety, Roenick is suing NBC Sports for wrongful termination.

From the report:

Hockey star Jeremy Roenick sued NBC Sports for wrongful termination on Friday, claiming the network discriminated against him as a straight man after he made off-color remarks on a Barstool Sports podcast.

Roenick also alleges that the network retaliated against him because he was an outspoken supporter of President Trump in 2016.

Roenick is reportedly accusing NBC Sports of "breaching Roenick’s contract by firing him without good cause, and by failing to give him a reasonable opportunity to correct the violation."

The former NHL star joined NBC Sports as an analyst in 2010.

[Variety]