ESPN baseball analyst Howard Bryant was arrested on Saturday “on charges of domestic assault and battery, assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.”Witnesses said Bryant “put his hands on a woman’s neck, pushed her against a parked vehicle and pinned her there.”
So far, ESPN hasn’t released any comment on the situation, but if history tells us anything, Bryant’s future with the network is in serious jeopardy. ESPN quickly fired college football announcer Ron Franklin in the fall after he allegedly made sexist remarks about another female employee. The network has long had a zero tolerance policy with regards to controversy and legal troubles by its employees.
Bryant pleaded “not guilty” today and believes he was the victim of racial profiling and that police threatened to taser him.
Bryant’s wife also says that police overreacted, “This is all so unfair. There was no investigation. The police made assumptions about my husband that weren’t true. I was never abused or in fear of Howard on that day or any other day. I wasn’t running from him or trying to get away from him. The police weren’t listening to me and they attacked him with violence with our 6-year-old watching.”
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