Sports radio host fired after calling female reporter 'Barbie'

July 31, 2023

A Washington, D.C.-based sports radio host recently found himself out of a job after he referred to a female television reporter as "Barbie."

According to Fox News, the incident took place this past Thursday and involved WBIG Radio's Don Geronimo, who was covering the Washington Commanders football team.

"Hey look, Barbie's here."

Geronimo at one point spotted WUSA9 reporter Sharla McBride during the broadcast and shouted, "Hey look, Barbie's here. Hi, Barbie girl. I'm guessing she's a cheerleader."

Later in the broadcast, Geronimo later said, "Yah. I screamed tight when she was …" before being cut off by co-host Crash Young.

This led WBIG Radio to fire Geronimo two days later. What's more, the Commanders barred WBIG Radio-- iHeartMedia-- from their training facility in Ashburn, Virginia.

Fox News cited a statement that iHeartMedia’s D.C. region president Aaron Hyland provided to the Washington Post which read, "After an internal review, Don Geronimo is no longer an employee of WBIG."

Reporter condemns comments as "sexist and misogynistic"

"We take matters of this nature very seriously and this behavior does not align with our core values," Hyland went on to insist.

Commanders owner Josh Harris issued a statement of his own, saying, "We have worked hard to ensure that everyone feels safe and respected in our workplace, and we took swift action when we learned that an employee of our partner iHeart made sexually disparaging remarks to and about a member of the media while she was broadcasting live from training camp yesterday."

Meanwhile, McBride was quoted as telling ESPN, "When I heard the comments made about me on the radio show, I felt incredibly insulted and embarrassed."

"In my 17 years as a professional journalist, I have never been disrespected in such a blatant manner while trying to do my job," the reporter explained.

"Their words were sexist and misogynistic. No woman should experience this in the workplace, and I appreciate the Commanders' swift response in handling this matter," McBride declared.

Geronimo says he is consulting with advisors

For his part, Geronimo put up a statement on Twitter saying that he "will not be providing comment on the events of the last few days."

"I am consulting with my advisers as to my options moving forward, including an accurate reflection of the situation," the host added.

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