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No Frat Boys at ESPN

From Michael McCarthy at USA Today:

...executive vice president of content John Skipper blasted the notion that the company’s Bristol, Conn. campus is a hotbed of office romance, behavioral issues and sexual harassment.

“I can tell you categorically: we do not have a frat-boy culture. We do not condone that kind of activity. In fact, we’ve taken lots and lots of steps to create policies. We’re fairly stringent when people do things. We suspend people. We fire people,” Skipper told reporters after the event. “It is clear to everybody who works for us we are not going to tolerate it. It’s just human nature, human behavior…We have a culture of hard work and achievement and serving fans. We have a lot of employees. A few of them, every now and then, do something stupid.”

The network’s NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby has been pulled off the air after being charged with a felony over a domestic incident with his estranged wife in Amherst, N.Y.. Barnaby’s been linked romantically to ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, who appeared live on stage at the event. He pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges and apologized for the “unfortunate incident” with his soon-to-be ex-wife.


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Primis's avatar

They’ve now edited the Beadle=specific part out of the story.

Posted by Primis on 05/17/11 at 03:15 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

Weird. Her name is still in the story tags, but that’s it. 

I’m starting to think I’d like to read that book they’re talking about. smile

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 05/17/11 at 03:23 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Anyone catch what they said about her?

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 05/17/11 at 04:06 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

The only commentary that was on the USA Today page on Beadle is what I quoted above. There was nothing else mentioned.

And then they removed that sometime within 20 minutes or so after I linked it.

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 05/17/11 at 04:21 PM ET

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