NBC dropped the ex-Blackhawk/Coyote/Flyer/King/Shark this past February after he joked(?) on the Barstool Sports podcast “Spittin’ Chiclets” about wanting to bed his 39-year-old married coworker Kathryn Tappen.
The remarks aren’t in dispute, and JR isn’t defending them. He already apologized in this clip on his Twitter feed, shot in the obligatory Islamic State hostage video style:
Instead he’s just claiming he wouldn’t be fired for this kind of creepy inappropriateness if he were gay. Yeesh. We liked him better with his jaw wired shut. Where’s Derian Hatcher when you need him?
(A: In Sarnia, ON, where he’s the owner, governor, and head coach of the OHL’s Sarnia Sting)
By the way, just so you fully appreciate what an elite on-air talent NBC is cutting loose here, have a look at the dazzling grandiloquence Roenick routinely brought to the studio:
How JR ever hauled himself and his clumsy tongue aboard the broadcast gravy train in the first place is a mystery for the ages. He should thank right-wing Jesus he stayed on it so long; not pitch a baseless fit over the ride finally coming to an end.