NBC Sports suspends Jeremy Roenick indefinitely for inappropriate comments about coworkers

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NBC Sports suspended analyst Jeremy Roenick indefinitely on Monday following comments he made about other on-air personalities at the network during a recent appearance on an episode of Barstool Sports' podcast "Spittin' Chiclets," according to a report by the Associated Press' Stephen Whyno.

When Roenick, 49, appeared on the Dec. 19 episode of the podcast, he repeatedly made references to co-host Kathryn Tappen's appearance during a story he told about vacationing with his wife and Tappen in Portugal. The former NHL center also made questionable remarks about fellow broadcasters Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter during the appearance.

On Tuesday, Whyno reported Tappen released a statement stating: “While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially among workplace colleagues. I do not condone his comments.”

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During the interview, Roenick said that he and his wife are close friends with Tappen, referred to the pair as 'blonde bombshells' and said the two women looked 'f—ing smoking' when relaxing by the pool before one of the show's co-hosts interrupted — former NHL player Paul Bissonnette — to remind Roenick he was speaking of his co-worker.

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"Ass and boobs everywhere, it's great. It's great," Roenick said about his wife and Tappen. "By the way, if you're going to go [on vacation] with two blondes, go someplace in the summer where the pool is at."

The Spittin Chiclets co-hosts again tried to steer the conversation toward Roenick's professional relationship with Tappen, who joined NBC in July 2014 to work as an on-air host. But Roenick, who said another resort guest in Portugal asked about his relationship with the two women, instead continued telling a story in which he joked about the possibility of the three of them having sex together.

"I play it off like we're going to bed together every night, the three of us," Roenick said. "My wife and Kathryn are very close friends and they scream and yell at me but listen, it's worth the yelling. It's no question. Absolutely. Now, if it ever came to fruition that would really be good, but it's never going to happen."

Roenick, later in the interview, called Tappen "one of the most professional sports personalities I know" and one of his favorite people in the world.

Later in his interview, the Boston native called Sharp, who joined NBC Sports as an analyst after retiring from the NHL in 2018, "so beautiful" and contrasted Sharp's appearance to that of his own and Carter's by saying "it's totally the opposite [of beautiful]" when he and Carter appear on television.

“I’d have to think about it if [Sharp] asked me. . . I wouldn’t say no right away," Roenick said about his former Chicago Blackhawks teammate.

Roenick played 20 years in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. He retired in 2009 and joined NBC Sports as an analyst in 2010.

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