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Jeremy Roenick ‘angry’ and ‘disappointed’ after being fired by NBC Sports

Jeremy Roenick NBC Sports fired Jeremy
Cary Erickson | 15 February, 2020, 08:43

The former National Hockey League star was suspended indefinitely in late December after making sexually suggestive comments about co-workers on a podcast.

Roenick, who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League with five National Hockey League teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, before segueing to broadcasting, was a guest on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast late a year ago.

Roenick, 50, confirmed the end of his NBC Sports tenure with a video message on his Twitter account.

Clearly upset with the decision, Roenick posted a video on Twitter announcing his exit from NBC, saying "I'm very disappointed and angry today". "I'm also grateful that I've had the opportunity to share my love, my passion and my knowledge of the game with millions of people, millions of fans".

He then thanked his fans for their support.

Roenick made comments on the December 19 episode of the popular hockey podcast in which he described a vacation he took to Portugal with his wife and Tappen, where on multiple occasions people asked if the three of them were together and described joking with them about engaging in group sex. He added, "If it actually got here to fruition, that will actually be good, but it surely's by no means going to occur". "But it's never going to happen".

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"He is so lovely, I'd have to think about it if he asked me", the 49-year-old said.

Roenick is just the latest high-profile firing from NBC in the wake of Megyn Kelly who was let go by the network for questioning why blackface is offensive and Matt Lauer who lost his job in 2017 for sexual misconduct.

"It's good to have a attractive face that talks well, that knows the game because it's totally the opposite when me and Anson get on there", he joked.

During his time in Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Jose, Roenick tallied 1,216 points in 1,363 career games and made nine All-Star Games.

After the podcast had aired, Tappen said the comments were "unacceptable", according to a statement sent through an NBC spokesperson.

Roenick, the third American-born player to score 500 goals in the National Hockey League, played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.