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Entercom fires Chicago sports broadcaster over sexist tweet

In a tweet posted earlier this week, Dan McNeil suggested a sideline reporter for ESPN was dressed for a porn awards show.

In a tweet posted earlier this week, Dan McNeil suggested a sideline reporter for ESPN was dressed for a porn awards show.

Former Chicago sports broadcaster Daniel McNeil. (Photo: Robert Feder/Graphic: The Desk)

Entercom has parted ways with a Chicago sports broadcaster less than a day after he tweeted a suggestive and sexist comment targeting an ESPN reporter.

On Monday, WSCR (670 AM) broadcaster Dan McNeil posted a tweet on his personal social media account disparaging the wardrobe choice of Maria Taylor, a sideline reporter who was covering a National Football League game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.

“NFL sideline reporter, or host for the AVN annual awards presentation?” McNeil tweeted, referencing an annual awards show hosted by the pornography trade publication Adult Video News.

What was supposed to be a moment of celebration for Taylor — it was her first sideline reporter gig since joining ESPN in 2014 — was overshadowed by McNeil’s crass tweet, which quickly went viral and drew calls for the sportscaster to lose his job.

He did, with executives at Entercom cutting off ties with McNeil early Tuesday morning, according to Chicago media columnist Robert Feder.

Though McNeil eventually deleted his tweet, Taylor had the last word of the night, responding to his post with one of her own that read, “if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me, please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Taylor had not commented on McNeil’s firing. McNeil has not commented on the move either, though he took aim at a Twitter follower who called him a “misogynistic fuck face.”

“That’s a big word for you,” McNeil wrote back.

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