12 hours after ESPN celebrated itself with the LeBron James spectacle, ESPN was caught with its tail in the bear trap again today with the news that NFL analyst and contributor Jeremy Green was busted for numerous charges, including a number of serious ones.
Green's arrest and scandal is nothing new for the mothership. ESPN has made itself famous for its sports coverage, but also infamous for its behind-the-scenes scandals that have turned the network into a punchline at times. Jeremy Green, the son of former NFL head coach Dennis Green, is just the latest.
Green, a lesser-known NFL analyst for ESPN, was pinched in a Hartford hotel room on Thursday and charged with first-degree possession of child pornography, possession of narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Green is being held on $750,000 bail. Before ESPN, Green was an NFL scout for 11 years and is the former director of pro personnel for the Cleveland Browns.
ESPN has been a bastion of sketchy behavior, but Green so far takes the cake.
Steve Phillips was put on the chopping block after revealing he had an affair with 22-year-old ESPN production assistant Brooke Hundley, who accused Phillips of sexual harassment. Phillips was fired in October and Hundley sued ESPN for back compensation.
Hundley said that when she went to her supervisors regarding Phillips, she was reportedly told to "suck it up."
Sean Salisbury was not renewed by ESPN in early 2008, but that did not make him a scandalous legend in ESPN lore. It was reported in early 2009 that Salisbury used his cell phone to take a picture of his private parts and went around an ESPN function and showed the picture to his female co-workers.
One of my personal favorites Harold Reynolds was dismissed in 2006 after a female co-worker complained about the way H.R. hugged her while he took her out for lunch. She filed her complaint, Reynolds was dismissed, and Baseball Tonight has never truly recovered.
Erik Kuselias, also known as "random fill-in guy for ESPN's main show hosts," was pegged for sexual harassment in the fall.
The report (thanks Deadspin!) said Kuselias approached a female co-worker in a drunken haze and bluntly made his sexual intentions made. The ESPN employee reported Kuselias and was reportedly told, "he's been warned before."
It doesn't end there as Kuselias' wife hired a private investigator and discovered he was having an affair with ESPN's Stephania Bell.
In the summer of 2007, former ESPN employee Rita Ragone sued ESPN for the conduct of ESPN "First Take" anchor Jay Crawford and contributor Woody Paige, who were both accused of groping her and demanding lap dances.