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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 18:57

Harold ReynoldsIn July of 2006, former MLB player and television analyst Harold Reynolds was fired from ESPN after he was accused of sexual harassment for a hug that Reynolds claims was “a total misunderstanding.” In the first interview after being fired (read the interview with Charley Steiner here on Maury Brown’s Biz of Sports) Reynolds said, “What I can tell you is number one that my conscious is clear on this whole issue. I feel like I was wrongfully terminated.”

He filed a wrongful termination suit against ESPN in October of ’06 (see Harold Reynolds v ESPN), and was seeking up to $15 million for breach of contract. A February 2009 court date had been set in the case.

Today it was announced that Reynolds, now with MLB.com, settled his suit with ESPN. As reported by USA Today:

"My family and I are ecstatic," said Reynolds, the former All-Star second baseman. "This is a matter of principal. And I stood on principal and never wavered. "All of my goals were met, and now I look forward to concentrating on the game I love."

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"The settlement was a fraction of his demands and the fraction of what it would have cost to litigate the case," ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said. "Our confidence in both the appropriateness of our action and our legal position never wavered. The resolution allows us to spare the people involved further difficult disruptions to their lives and is economically compelling to ESPN." 


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