"Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN," network spokesman Josh Krulewitz said in a statement. "His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways."
Phillips' representative announced his client will seek help at a treatment center but provided no details about what treatment he will seek other than to say he will address his "personal issues".
When you need help it's great to admit that and get it. But excuse me for wondering aloud if this isn't a way to ensure that he'll be employable again at some point in the future.
Since he is a two-time offender it would be very difficult for another large company to hire him and presume he won't dip into the office pool of available women.
If some media company desires to employ Phillips to provide sports commentary, their lawyers will ask why he is a good bet not to engage in behavior that could put the company at risk for civil suits from its female employees who might be approached by Phillips.
Without a rehab stay or some organized treatment he can point to, Phillips will be seen as a loose cannon who can't seem to use discretion or self imposed discipline when it comes to his sexual desires. It doesn't help that both his reported exploits with the Mets and ESPN resulted in brushes with the legal system.
And if he and his wife go through with the divorce proceedings, he faces more than a decade of child support and who knows how many years of alimony. Tough to do without a big pay check. If he'd only gotten this kind of advice before he thought it was a good idea to have sex with Brooke Hundley, he'd still be appearing on "Baseball Tonight."
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