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ESPN Host Fired for Kennedy Comment

By Newsmax Staff   |   Thursday, 29 May 2008 03:40 PM

ESPN Radio 1250 host Mark Madden has been fired for derogatory comments made on the air after reports that Sen. Edward Kennedy had been hospitalized for a malignant brain tumor, reports Washington Post.

“I’m very disappointed to hear that Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor,” Madden said during his show on May 21. “I always hoped Sen. Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated. I wonder if he got a card from the Kopechnes.”

Mary Jo Kopechne was a Kennedy aid who drowned after the car she was riding in, driven by Sen. Kennedy, plunged into the water. Kennedy left the scene and waited 10 hours before calling police.

Mark Madden has been fired from several other jobs in the past for various remarks.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network removed Madden from the air "pursuant to our contractual rights." He said the comment was inappropriate and that ESPN and Madden had apologized to listeners, IHT reports.

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