Chicago Radio Host Dan McNeil Fired After Sexist Tweet About ESPN’s Maria Taylor

ESPN's Maria Taylor works from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Miami and Florida Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Chicago’s 670 The Score fired radio host Dan McNeil after he tweeted sexist comments about ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor, per Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune.

NFL sideline reporter or a host for the [Adult Video News] annual awards presentation?” McNeil asked in the since-deleted tweet. 

The AVN is a trade publication that covers the adult entertainment industry. 

Entercom Communications regional president Rachel Williamson said in a memo to the WSCR staff that “last night’s tweet, and its degrading and humiliating tone to a fellow female broadcaster, was unacceptable.”

Taylor responded to McNeil’s sexist comments on Monday:

Maria Taylor @MariaTaylor

Well Danny Dearest 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. Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in! @670TheScore @DannyMac670 https://t.co/bN0H582isU

A number of reporters and NFL players, current and former, also came to her defense:

Taylor Rooks @TaylorRooks

Always ride with @MariaTaylor – I love you my sister. Keep being GREAT. These haters could never.

JennaLaineESPN @JennaLaineESPN

Women in our business face a level of scrutiny and ridicule most will never understand. We are constantly attacked for our appearance, hair, clothing and voices. It’s PAINFUL. For Black women in media, it goes even farther. And it HAS to stop. Standing with you, @MariaTaylor. https://t.co/BmcolKs6zr

Malcolm Jenkins @MalcolmJenkins

Exactly the reason why we’re focusing on building up black women this season. @MariaTaylor congratulations on such a big accomplishment! Keep leveling up 🙌🏾 https://t.co/qOEv7e72hk

Terrell Owens @terrellowens

Wow! Y’all just feel like y’all can say whatever y’all want to under this president I see. Just speaking reckless. It was @RealSkipBayless about @dak now u about @MariaTaylor! If Skip was black, he would have been FIRED already. Relieved of his duties immediately! https://t.co/1OW2zcy7Qh

Demario Davis #56 @demario__davis

100 % unacceptable! It’s time for men to stand up, respect and defend our women. 1st of all, put some respect on Maria Taylor’s name. 2nd of all, Maria Taylor is family… dude don’t want them problems… https://t.co/HaizcDrQc6

Taylor was making her NFL sideline debut on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Taylor has served a number of roles for ESPN since joining the company in 2014, which has included appearing on NBA CountdownCollege GameDay and Get Up, among others.  

McNeil has a history of offensive public comments. As Rosenthal wrote, “Perhaps his most serious infractions came at WMVP-AM 1000, which suspended him in 2007 for a series of indiscretions, culminating in calling a local female TV executive a ‘b—h’ on the air. The station previously suspended him for an ugly on-air spat with a co-host.”

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