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Steve Gardner USA TODAY

Published 4:08 PM EDT Sep 15, 2020

Chicago radio station 670 The Score has fired on-air host Dan McNeil after a comment he made on social media about the outfit ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor was wearing on Monday night.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, McNeil posted a screenshot of Taylor and referenced the adult film industry in posing the question: “NFL sideline reporter or host for the AVN annual awards presentation?”

Entercom, the sports-talk station’s parent company, issued a statement on Tuesday announcing McNeil’s departure, calling his tweet “degrading and humiliating” and apologizing to “all who were offended by Dan’s words, especially Maria.”

News of McNeil’s departure was first reported by Deadspin’s Julie DiCaro, formerly a host and reporter for the station.

Taylor, 33, was making her debut on ESPN’s Monday Night Football after  primarily covering college sports for the network.

Taylor responded directly to McNeil’s comment not long after the New York Giants-Pittsburgh Steelers game ended.

“Well Danny Dearest if you would like to continue making sexist comments about me…please bring your misogyny with you to the NBA Countdown double header I’ll be hosting tomorrow night,” she tweeted.

And just for good measure, she defended her wardrobe choice for the broadcast: “Hey ladies remember you can wear whatever you feel confident in!”

This isn’t the first time McNeil has been reprimanded for his choice of words during his 30-year radio career in Chicago. 

While at WMVP radio he was suspended at least twice, once for an on-air fight with his co-host and the second, in 2007, after calling a female producer at one of the local TV stations a “bitch” while he was on the air.

When he was rehired by The Score in 2018, he acknowledged that there were some people at the station “who have reservations, and rightfully so” because of his past actions. 

Contributing: Nancy Armour

Published 4:08 PM EDT Sep 15, 2020

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