Monday, July 9, 2007

Did Jay Crawford Get the Ax?

Rita Ragone Accuses ESPN Hosts Jay Crawford, Woody Paige of Groping Her

ESPN's Matt Winer and Josh Elliott filled in Monday as the hosting duo on ESPN2's First Take amidst sexual harassment allegations against usual host Jay Crawford.

Crawford and Woody Paige have been accused by Rita Ragone, a former make-up artist for the show when it was known as Cold Pizza, of groping her and forcing her into graphic sexual discussion off the air.

A suit was filed in late June in Manhattan Federal Court. Ragone said she was fired in April of 2006 after ESPN executives blew-off her complaints.

Less than a year ago, Harold Reynolds was fired from the network, reportedly after an incident of sexual assault.

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