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Whitesox4ever
09-13-2006, 06:25 PM
Today on Baseball Beat with Charley Steiner, Harold Reynolds made his first radio or TV appearance since being fired by ESPN. He discussed the situation, his wife and family, getting his name back, and the upcoming mediation with ESPN. He also debunked some previous reports on the situation including Outback, AROD, and agent brother.
Transcript courtesy of XM175, and Baseball Beat with Charley Steiner
Charley Steiner: Back for the second hour of the Beat. Here on XM 175. Im Charley Steiner in Chicago . It is Tuesday, the September 12th. Over the weekend were in New York . The Dodgers and the Mets were playing. Steve Lyons and I were doing the games back to Los Angeles on television. And, uh, who walks into the booth. We should say this right up front a friend. A friend of ours for I guess almost ten years now. A colleague with whom I have worked on television, on the radio, doing play by play, and doing studio stuff. Our friend, Harold Reynolds, whom I have not seen in quite some time. And, of course, about six weeks ago there were these headlines that Harold was suddenly out at ESPN. And, like anybody who knows Harold, we were just shocked. What is this all about? So, when we saw Harold on Friday it was great to see him. On Saturday, we spoke a little more. And, Harold said, Hey, you know, Id like to come on and I would like to talk about what has happened over the last six weeks. And, I said Harold you are my friend and you have the door that is always open. And, Harold, Hello. How are you? How are you?
Harold Reynolds: Im doing great, man. Thanks. Good to hear from you. Good to hear from you. Its good times.
Charley Steiner: Alright. Good. Lets begin at the beginning. And, what happened?
Harold Reynolds: Well, Id love to get into a lot of stuff. Honestly, Ive had to figure this out and go through the legal system on this. What I can tell you is number one that my conscious is clear on this whole issue. I feel like I was wrongfully terminated. I just think that they had to rest the decision on this. I dont think my side was heard very well. And, you know the great part about where we live at. You can go ahead and press the charges to get her and thats exactly what Im doing. Weve got a date set toward the end of the month here to sit down in front of a mediator and get a chance to talk to ESPN and exactly find out. Cause they never gave me. They gave me such a broad sentence in my contract that I was never directly told exactly why I was fired. And, I know Ive heard all the rumors and Ive even read headlines and all the different things out there. But, theyve never said that. Those came out of leaks from ESPN. There are a lot of things we have to deal with and a lot of things weve got to discuss.
Charley Steiner: This mediation session will take place when?
Harold Reynolds: In a couple weeks here at the end of September. And, uh, weve got a date set. And, honestly, Im looking forward to it. I mean, Im looking forward to sitting down and honestly being able to talk about what happened. Ive heard all kinds of rumors. You know, Ive heard their wild and crazy man. Its unbelievable the stuff Ive heard. I was walking in New York the other day. You were talking about the game and all that. And, a guy came up to me and said, Yeah, I heard it was over AROD. I said, No. The Sunday before I get fired. Were on the show. Myself, John Kruk, and Steve Phillips. Were talking like we usual do on Baseball Tonight about different topics. Alex Rodriguez was that topic. The question was should he be traded out of New York . Thats been a big thing all year. Steve Phillips and I said, You gotta trade him. Hes getting booed everyday and I felt like it was best for him to move on. Im glad to see hes come around. Hes starting to play a lot better. And, John Kruk said, You dont trade the best player in baseball. You know so thats not why I got fired, because Steve Phillips just got a five year contract so I dont think that was the reason. [Laughs]
Charley Steiner: [Laughs]
Harold Reynolds: You know, so Ive heard that my brother Larry, whos a sports agent, I was soliciting players for him. Theres no truth to any of this craziness. And, as far as this incident is concerned, Ive heard Outback Steakhouse and I was groping a young lady and stuff like that. That stuff never happened. I never even went to Outback. Outback doesnt even play into this whole story. So, Im looking forward to getting the real story told and getting a chance to deal with it.
Charley Steiner: There was a Secretary of Labor in the Reagan Administration named Raymond Donovan, who was accused and tried for racketeering. And, the accusations were he was in cahoots with organized crime and all of this other stuff. And, then he was acquitted. And, after he was acquitted, Ill never forget, he had a press conference on the steps of the Federal courthouse. And, he said, Now where do I go to get my name back? Where do you go to get your name back and how do you go about doing it, Harold.
Harold Reynolds: Well, one is talking to you like I am right now. I think anybody who knows me whether its growing up in Oregon or working at ESPN can validate for the type of person that I am. I think that over time that is going to show true. Im a people person. Im very approachable and I think people that get to know me understand that. Its been a crazy situation. You know, Ive heard about prior problems there. The thing about the prior problems were such a joke that if they were that serious; Ive done four major contracts at ESPN. Theyve never been mentioned. I did a three year contract from 96 to 99. I did a three year contract from 2000 to 2001. In 2002, I did a four year deal and I just signed a six year deal in March. So, I cant see that being a problem. I just have to get the true answers and once we get all of those things and were able to sit down. It will be interesting to see what happens when we cross that bridge.
Charley Steiner: I dont expect you to tell me the specifics and nor should you, but on the day you were summoned in to talk to whomever you were going to talk to, did you have any idea what they were going to talk to you about?
Harold Reynolds: No idea at all. I really had no idea. I had an inclination about what they were trying to bring up. I had no idea I was going to be fired. I had no idea the people I was going to be sitting in front of how they would be armed and the questions I would be asked. Those are all different things. Well deal with it when that time comes. Again, I want to set the record straight. I got a clear conscious about this thing. I know when Ive done wrong and in this situation I havent. And, its all going to come out and eventually well get to sit down and talk about it.
Charley Steiner: How are you feeling now as compared with a month or five or six weeks ago?
Harold Reynolds: Well, now
Charley Steiner: Alright, let me ask you this.
Harold Reynolds: Okay.
Charley Steiner: Take me through this rollercoaster that you have gone through which I wouldnt wish on anybody much less a friend of mine like you are.
Harold Reynolds: One thing thats been great is my wifes been, shes awesome. Shes been very supportive. She knows me

MUsoxfan
09-13-2006, 06:26 PM
Holy headache, Batman! Paragraphs are your friend

zmz723
09-13-2006, 06:28 PM
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goon
09-13-2006, 06:31 PM
...right, so what the hell did he do?

Soxfanspcu11
09-13-2006, 06:33 PM
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Anyone care to break down this interview and put it into some sort of writting that does not give me a migrane?

MarySwiss
09-13-2006, 06:39 PM
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Anyone care to break down this interview and put it into some sort of writting that does not give me a migrane?

Sorry, I get paid for doing that kind of thing. And the first few sentences gave me a migrane as well.

Trav
09-13-2006, 06:43 PM
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Anyone care to break down this interview and put it into some sort of writting that does not give me a migrane?

He didn't say what he was let go for. He said that it wasn't because of the NYY 3B or a groping incident at Outback Steakhouse or because his brother is a sports agent who they thought Harold was soliciting players for.

A whole lotta nothing. Oh, his wife has been great the entire time. Groundbreaking...

kobo
09-13-2006, 06:50 PM
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Anyone care to break down this interview and put it into some sort of writting that does not give me a migrane?
Not much there. Said he was not fired over comments he made about AROD or the alleged groping incident at an Outback Steakhouse. Said his wife has been supportive, and that at the end of the month there is a hearing in front of a mediator and he hopes everything will come out. He made it sound like he has no idea why he was fired, and that everything that has been going on is going to come out at the end of the month.

Domeshot17
09-13-2006, 06:59 PM
wow what a waste of time

100 Year Itch
09-13-2006, 07:09 PM
Charley Steiner: I dont expect you to tell me the specifics and nor should you, but on the day you were summoned in to talk to whomever you were going to talk to, did you have any idea what they were going to talk to you about?

Harold Reynolds: No idea at all. I really had no idea. I had an inclination about what they were trying to bring up. I had no idea I was going to be fired. I had no idea the people I was going to be sitting in front of how they would be armed and the questions I would be asked. Those are all different things. Well deal with it when that time comes. Again, I want to set the record straight. I got a clear conscious about this thing. I know when Ive done wrong and in this situation I havent. And, its all going to come out and eventually well get to sit down and talk about it.

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cbotnyse
09-13-2006, 07:11 PM
He didn't say what he was let go for. He said that it wasn't because of the NYY 3B or a groping incident at Outback Steakhouse or because his brother is a sports agent who they thought Harold was soliciting players for.

A whole lotta nothing. Oh, his wife has been great the entire time. Groundbreaking...

Not much there. Said he was not fired over comments he made about AROD or the alleged groping incident at an Outback Steakhouse. Said his wife has been supportive, and that at the end of the month there is a hearing in front of a mediator and he hopes everything will come out. He made it sound like he has no idea why he was fired, and that everything that has been going on is going to come out at the end of the month. thanks for getting throught that....I made it to the third line and gave up.

PaulDrake
09-13-2006, 07:20 PM
I'm used to reading transcripts. It looks like the classic he said, she said.

South Side Irish
09-13-2006, 08:39 PM
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I don't think he's necessarily flip-flopping. I've known my boss was going to yell at me, but have gotten in far worse trouble than I every expected. That may be the case.

Sure, he never mentions what happened, and I'm curious. The sheer fact of not mentioning it is suspicious.

BA: The Hitman
09-13-2006, 08:58 PM
My head hurts after reading that.......I hope HR gets cleared of all this and gets back to baseball tonight because it isn't the same without him. As much as I love laughing at tino martinez's hair, i miss harold.

Kub_Killer_15
09-13-2006, 10:15 PM
30 minutes later and I still didnt get anything out of it:rolleyes:

Frankfan4life
09-14-2006, 12:28 AM
My head hurts after reading that.......I hope HR gets cleared of all this and gets back to baseball tonight because it isn't the same without him. As much as I love laughing at tino martinez's hair, i miss harold.I miss Harold too. I didn't always agree with him, but I liked his style. Obviously, something caused ESPN to terminate HR's contract. I just hope the truth comes out no matter what it is.