Harold Reynolds and ESPN agree not to fight termination lawsuit

April 16th, 2008 - 3:46 pm ICT by amritpal  

Harold Reynolds  has settled his wrongful termination lawsuit against the ESPN network. The details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Harold Reynolds was the ESPN baseball analyst who worked with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight from 1996-2006 and was also a commentator for ESPN’s coverage of the College World Series and Little League World Series. He was fired on July 25th 2006.

The ESPN spokeswoman said that Reynolds “is no longer with the network” but did not give a reason for the departure. “Three people who work at ESPN and familiar with the case said the cause was a pattern of sexual harassment.” Reynolds confirmed that an accusation of sexual harassment was the reason for his departure but called it “a total misunderstanding” and that “I gave a woman a hug and I felt like it was misinterpreted.”[Wiki]

It was announced on October 30, 2006 that Reynolds planned to sue ESPN after having tried “everything possible to handle this situation quietly behind the scenes,” while stating that he is seeking the money owed to him under the remainder of his contract, including interest and lost earnings. He is also asking the court for damages for lost future opportunities.

Reynolds’ lawsuit is for $5m, roughly equivalent to the value of the contract Reynolds signed that was scheduled to cover the 2006-2011 seasons.

About Reynolds: Harold Craig Reynolds (born November 26, 1960) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. He is a native of Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from Corvallis High School. As such, he was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. Reynolds spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the majors with the Seattle Mariners from 1983 to 1992. He then moved to the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and to the California Angels in 1994. [Wiki]

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