ESPN/Pittsburgh Yanks Madden For Kennedy Remark
May 28, 2008 at 5:42 AM (PT)
After initially not being suspended for his remark about Sen. EDWARD KENNEDY (D-MA), ESPN Sports WEAE-A (ESPN RADIO 1250)/PITTSBURGH host MARK MADDEN has now been permanently removed from the station's lineup for the comment.
As reported in ALL ACCESS last FRIDAY (NET NEWS, 5/23), MADDEN said on last WEDNESDAY's show (5/21) that he was "very disappointed to hear that SEN. TED KENNEDY of MASSACHUSETTS is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped SEN. KENNEDY would live long enough to be assassinated ... I wonder if he got a card from the KOPECHNES."
After a columnist for the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE printed an article FRIDAY criticizing the comments, GM MIKE THOMPSON said that he had discussed the matter with MADDEN, who apologized on the air the same day the comments were made, and said that the station would not be suspending or firing MADDEN. Since then, however, MADDEN has been taken off the air "pursuant to our contractual rights," ESPN VP for Public Relations JOSH KRULEWITZ told the POST-GAZETTE.