Former National Hockey League star turned NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick landed himself in some hot water to end 2019 when he made controversial comments regarding some of his colleagues at NBC Sports. Specifically it was the comments regarding two people that Roenick is reportedly friendly with, Kathryn Tappen and fellow NBC hockey analyst Patrick Sharp, that resulted in Roenick being suspended from the broadcast.
“I play it off like we’re all going to bed together every night, the three of us,” said Roenick of Tappen and his wife on the Spittin Chiclets podcast. “If it really came to fruition, that would really be good. But it’s never going to happen.”
“He is so beautiful, I’d have to think about it if he asked me,” Roenick said of former NHLer Patrick Sharp. “I wouldn’t say no right away.”
You can see why in today's current climate that these comments would run some people the wrong way, and NBC acted quickly at the time. The NHL's broadcast partner issued a strongly worded statement condemning the comments made by Roenick, one that immediately put an end to his appearances on the broadcast.
"Jeremy Roenick has been suspended indefinitely without pay for making inappropriate comments about his co-workers," read the statement released by NBC Sports. "We will have no further comment at this time."
Let it seems like it will now be for much longer. Roenick just announced on social media that he will not be returning to NHL on NBC after making the inappropriate comments about coworkers.
He tagged his short video: This is a joke.
He went on to explain that he is disappointed and angry with the decision, but extremely grateful for the time he spent on the broadcast team.
You can watch it yourself in the short clip below.