Ex-NHLer Fired For Podcast Joke Can't Sue For Discrimination

Law360 (June 10, 2021, 6:49 PM EDT) -- An NHL-player-turned-NBC-analyst who was fired for making off-color comments about a female co-worker on a podcast cannot sue for sex discrimination simply because he's a man, a New York federal judge said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge John P. Cronan dismissed most of Jeremy Roenick's suit, including all of his claims against NBC Sports and Comcast. Roenick has claimed his public joke about a threesome with his wife and co-worker Kathryn Tappen was no different from comments made on air by fellow NBC personalities Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, but Judge Cronan called the former hockey player's conduct "categorically different."

"Lipinski and...

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