Jeremy Roenick will not return to NBC Sports: ‘I am very disappointed and angry’
Jeremy Roenick announced on Wednesday that he will not rejoin the NBC Sports broadcast team after receiving a suspension for inappropriate comments he made on the Dec. 19 edition of Barstool’s “Spittin’ Chiclets” podcast.
“I’m very disappointed and angry today (that) I will not be returning to NBC,” Roenick said in a video message posted to Twitter. “And though disappointed, I am also grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to share my love, my passion, my knowledge of the game with millions of people, millions of fans and for that, I thank you.
“Even though I’m leaving NBC, I will not be gone for long. I’ll be back better and more motivated than ever to bring you the best entertainment and the best that I have for the game of hockey. I’ve seen all the support, I’ve read all the support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, it’s overwhelming and for that, I can’t wait to see you soon.”
The video was accompanied by the caption: “What a Joke!!”
This was not the first time he released a statement through social media since receiving his suspension. On Jan. 11, Roenick posted a public apology to NBC Sports and co-hosts Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter for “insensitive comments that I made on a recent podcast.” Adding, “I never meant to offend anyone and I definitely went too far and for that, I deeply regret it.”
On the podcast, Roenick mentioned how — while on vacation with his wife and Tappen in Portugal last summer — he would mention a desire to sleep with both women, even calling them “blonde bombshells” on the air.
“I was the king of Portugal,” Roenick said. “When you walk into every place and you have two blonde bombshells on each side … your chest pops out a lot more.”
He also recalled when a woman approached him to ask if his wife and Tappen were both with him, to which Roenick replied, “Yes, they are.”
“And then Kathryn says, ‘Will you shut up?’ She starts yelling at me,” he continued. “I play it off like, you know, we’re going to bed together every night, the three of us. Now, if it really came to fruition that would really be good, but it’s never going to happen.”
Later in the podcast, he also discussed how attractive he thinks former NHLer Patrick Sharp is in comparison to himself and Carter.
”He is so beautiful. I’d have to think about it if he asked me,” Roenick said.
“Oh God, yeah,” one host said.
“I wouldn’t say no right away,” Roenick replied.
Roenick joined NBC Sports in 2010 as a studio analyst after playing 20 years in the NHL, spending time with the Blackhawks, Coyotes, Flyers, Sharks and Kings. He played 1,363 games, scoring 513 goals and 703 assists for 1,216 points.
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