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ESPN fires Barnaby over DWI arrest

Dec 5, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

Matthew Barnaby

ESPN has fired analyst and former NHL player Matthew Barnaby after his arrest for drunken driving early this morning in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence.

“We spoke with Matthew and informed him we terminated his ESPN contract, effective immediately,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz told USA Today.

One expert thinks Barnaby could be deported back to Canada as a result of the incident.

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    When are you going to fire whoever’s decision it was to hide, for years, evidence of child rape at Syracuse?

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      Terrible judgement on Barnaby, but yeah, it’s interesting what ESPN takes a moral stand on. That and an on-air person saying what everyone else was thinking about a co-worker’s on-air wardrobe.

  2. govtminion - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Can’t imagine why…

  3. cup0pizza - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    They should fire Chris Berman and Mike Tirico for sucking while they’re at it.

    • taytay099 - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      Why would anyone fire Chris Berman? He’s awesome.

      • bcjim - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:11 PM

        Surely you jest? Are you 12?

  4. goalie007 - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:46 PM

    Not sure why ESPN needs an NHL analyst when they don’t broadcast games and barely recognize the league’s existence, anyway.

    • govtminion - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      Because now they can afford another jagoff to flail their arms wildly and tell us about the draft order for the NFL when it’s still ten months away.

  5. dcent87 - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Well….i didnt even know matt was part of the espn team. I thought it was only melrose..and I only see him like once a year…due to espns lack of hockey

  6. bocker94 - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    The guy made one mistake and they fire him. But they still keep Keyshawn and cris Carter on their terrible NFL program.

    • buffalotears - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:57 PM

      Two mistakes. He kicked his ex-wife’s garage door and tried to get into her house in May and was sentenced to 500 hours of community service. I remember ESPN bringing it up when it happened, and I was shocked they didn’t fire him then.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Canada doesn’t want him!

  8. gallyhatch - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    I don’t even put ESPN on anymore unless it’s for Monday Night Football. I watch the NFL, NHL & MLB networks, and then CSNNE, NESN, ANYTHING but ESPN.
    I can’t wait for more sports networks to pop up & give ESPN a run for its money.

  9. bcjim - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    espn makes me sick pretending to be some moral authority. Please dont insult me.

  10. larrybrown43 - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Hmm wonder how Jalen Rose escapes termination for the same offense. Double standard?

    And yes, Chris Berman is a self-serving blow hard with recycled material that should’ve been let go years ago. Keyshawn is an egotistical, racist as well.

  11. Jeff - Dec 5, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    Sad for Barnaby. It’s a shame ESPN is playing the morality card, and can’t help Barnaby when he probably needs it the most.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      ESPN plays the morality card…when it suits them.

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