Jeremy Roenick Fired From NBC Sports 2 Months After Inappropriate Joke About Co-Worker

Former NHL star was suspended in December after he joked about having threesomes with his on-air colleague

Last Updated: February 12, 2020 @ 4:36 PM

Jeremy Roenick was fired from NBC Sports, two months after he was suspended for making inappropriate comments about a co-worker.

“I’m very disappointed and angry today I will not be returning to NBC,” Roenick said in a video posted on his Twitter account Wednesday. “I’m also grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to share my love, my passion and my knowledge of the game with millions of people, millions of fans.”

An NBC Sports spokesperson confirmed that Roenick was let go. In December, Roenick, who serves as an NHL analyst for NBC Sports, was suspended indefinitely without pay “making inappropriate comments about his co-workers,” an NBC Sports spokesperson told The Wrap at that time. He had been with NBC since 2010.

Roenick was a guest on a Dec. 19 episode of Barstool Sports’ Spittin’ Chiclets podcast and joked about wanting to have a threesome with his wife and Kathryn Tappen, another NBC Sports host. “I was the king of Portugal,” Roenick said about a recent vacation he took with his wife and Tappen, who are good friends. “Bro, when you walk into every place and you have two blond bombshells on each side and nobody, I’m telling you.”

Roenick described a day when the three of them were out by the pool and were asked by another vacationer about “the situation” between all of them. “I play it off like we’re going to bed together every night, the three of us,” Roenick said. “If it really came to fruition, that would really be good, but it’s never going to happen.”

He apologized for his comments a few weeks later: “I want to take this opportunity to apologize to NBC Sports, Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter for some insensitive comments that I made on a recent podcast,” he said on in a video posted on his Twitter account. “I never meant to offend anyone and I definitely want too far and for that I deeply regret it.”

Roenick’s decades-long career in the NHL included stints with the Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings. He is a nine-time NHL All-Star.