Scandals in sports are fairly normal. Athletes often get involved in a ton of negative situations now and then. Whether it is drugs, affairs or a litany of other things. And no one is quicker to report on these scandals than ESPN. But while they enjoy talking about the scandals or athletes for days and days, they themselves are not free of scandal either. Over the decades that ESPN has been around, there have been some major scandals that have rocked the sports giant. Here are 18 of the biggest scandals ESPN has had to face, with number 11 focusing on one of its biggest stars.
#18 Rob Parker
Parker made headlines for the wrong reason when he said some fairly awful things about Robert Griffin III. He claimed that RG3 was a “cornball brother” and that he was not down with the cause and was distancing himself from his race. These comments ultimately got him fired. The man at the number 4 spot was also fired for some racist remarks.
#17 Jay Mariotti and Ken Harrelson
It is normal for media personalities to trade barbs through the media and social media, but rarely does it come to physical blows. However, the beef between Mariotti and Harrelson got real. The two actually got involved in a real fist fight, which obviously led to some bad press for ESPN. This next scandal involves a creepy old guy named Bill – and it’s now who you’re thinking…
#16 Bill Creasy
This is probably the creepiest and weirdest scandal on this list. Creasy was the first President of programming and was 74 years old. He had asked an employee less than half his age to come to his mansion for some “sleepover meetings.” When she refused, he had her fired. The person at the number 8 spot was also very creepy.
#15 Ashley Madison Scandal
For those unfamiliar, Ashley Madison is a site where married people can go to look for an affair. According to statistics found in an investigation, more than 100 different ESPN employees have signed up for the website while at work, which is obviously a pretty bad look for the company. This next scandal is always a huge no-no at work…
#14 Steve Phillips
Phillips was a great MLB analyst for ESPN for years and served as the general manager of the New York Mets from 1997 through 2003. But after it was revealed he was having an affair with a much younger co-worker, he was let go from his position at ESPN. The person in the number 3 entry also was let go surrounding an inappropriate relationship.