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ESPN's Mark Madden Fired For Sen. Kennedy Assassination Comment

Pittsburgh-area ESPN Radio host Mark Madden has been fired for controversial comments he made earlier this week after Sen. Ted Kennedy was hospitalized for a malignant brain tumor.

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

Making reference to Mary Jo Kopechne, a Kennedy aide who drowned in a 1969 accident, with Kennedy driving a car that plunged off a bridge in Cape Cod.

Madden apologized a couple of hours later on the air for his comments, and was allowed to keep broadcasting that day, and the following day.

But offended listeners clearly disagreed and local colmnist Bob Smizik also questioned how ESPN, a network that was supposed to have high ethical standards, could possibly continue to allow Madden to stay on the air.

That's when ESPN Radio decided to terminate Madden's contract and take him off the air.

May 29, 2008 |

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