The ESPN analyst who is one of the most respected in sports, Austin Davis, has been sacked after he admitted to a sexual relationship with a woman.
ESPN issued a statement saying it has terminated Davis, a six-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Award winner, for violating its social media policy.
“I deeply regret what has happened,” ESPN president John Skipper said in the statement.
“Austin’s behavior was unacceptable and he has accepted our full support in this.
He has been terminated from his employment and is no longer employed by ESPN.”
ESPN said Davis “is not permitted to work for ESPN.”
Davis has admitted to the relationship but said he “did not have sexual contact with the female employee.”
Davis said he has not spoken with ESPN’s president or other top executives.
ESPN has fired Davis, along with two other employees, the network said in a statement.
Davis was fired in December 2016 after he told ESPN’s senior vice president of social responsibility that he was “looking forward to working with him in the future.”
He was also fired from his role as a senior writer for ESPN Radio’s SportsCenter, where he worked as a contributor for several years.
Davis has not responded to ESPN’s announcement.
The network said it had hired outside legal counsel and that the disciplinary action will not affect Davis’ future employment with ESPN.
ESPN was forced to fire Davis after his wife, who was also a producer at ESPN, accused him of sexual harassment in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
The relationship between Davis and the woman came to light after the women’s story was published.
Davis’ suspension came after he posted a video in March that included comments that were “not reflective of my personality,” including his description of the relationship as “love at first sight.”
In the video, Davis described a sexual encounter with the woman and then apologized.
He later said he was joking, but that he did not intend to hurt anyone.
Davis is a six time All-star, and he won the 2017 MVP award.
He also was a four-time Gold Glove winner and the 2017 Most Valuable Player.
He retired after the 2017 season and became a consultant for the NBA’s All-Stars Game.
ESPN is one the most prominent sports media organizations in the United States.