Marly Rivera's troubled past exposed: ESPN reporter fired for calling colleague a 'c***' had history
BRONX, NEW YORK: ESPN has cut ties with baseball reporter Marly Rivera and fired her after she used vulgar language during a dispute with female sports journalist Ivon Gaete over an interview with Yankees star Aaron Judge. In the heat of the moment, Rivera, a bilingual analyst and writer who appeared on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and ESPN Deportes, called Gaete a "f**king c**t" but later tried to apologize by saying, "I fully accept responsibility for what I said, which I should not have. There were extenuating circumstances but that in no way is an excuse for my actions." However, Gaete refused to accept it.
TMZ obtained and published a video of the incident. In the video, Rivera can be heard telling Gaete in Spanish not to bother Judge and that it’s her turn for an interview. Then after a few exchanges, Rivera commented, “Oh, now you speak English.” After Gaete did not step away from Judge, Rivera said, “What a f**king c**t.”
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Here's video of the Marly Rivera / Ivón Gaete incident from April 18th at Yankee Stadium — while Aaron Judge stood just feet away, signing autographs for a group that included kids. pic.twitter.com/TPDg6SJ496— michael j. babcock (@mikejbabcock) April 27, 2023
'Not sure it warranted to terminate journalistic career'
People were quick to comment on incident when it went viral. One wrote, "Im so disappointed in Marley. Never would of thought I'd see or hear this from her." One more commented, "A interaction like that taking place in front of a player and families with their kids in what is a phenomenal moment for them. This should have taken place out of view from the fans and even Judge. I’m sure there are protocols for who is lined up to interview, etc."
Another said, "One would think that a professional reporter would be more cognizant of the fact that all of the cameras around her are probably, ya know, recording things."
Im so disappointed in Marley. Never would of thought I'd see or hear this from her.— Dak At It on #4 Hill (@hrgocowboyz1973) April 27, 2023
A interaction like that taking place in front of a player and families with their kids in what is a phenomenal moment for them. This should have taken place out of view from the fans and even Judge. I’m sure there are protocols for who is lined up to interview, etc.— Bobby Vergara (@BobbyVergara) April 27, 2023
one would think that a professional reporter would be more cognizant of the fact that all of the cameras around her are probably, ya know, recording things— Michael Kasper (@KasperStats) April 27, 2023
On the other hand, one of many also took a stand for her and wrote, "I’m with Marly on this. She had a scheduled interview with Judge and that (insert expletive here) tried to steal her interview."
While another said, "I’m glad that Yankees universe is in agreement that Marly had to go!!! This wasn’t even needed, she just had no business being there." One more expressed, "Unfortunately not surprised by the exchange.. not sure it warranted to terminate a journalistic career because of it."
I’m with Marly on this. She had a scheduled interview with Judge and that (insert expletive here) tried to steal her interview.— Gerald Baez (@mrgeraldbaez) April 27, 2023
History of disputes with journalists
However, as per a report by The Washington Post, this wasn’t the first time Rivera has been accused of passing remarks at other members of the media. Rivera reportedly got angry with another reporter and called her a “White b***h” after the reporter attempted to take a picture of a group of players she was also trying to photograph. In another incident, Rivera called a Latino reporter “fake Hispanic”. Both incidents reportedly were witnessed by multiple people.
Talking about it, Rivera, who has deactivated her social media accounts following the incident, told the outlet, "I believe these are mischaracterizations of who I am. Disagreements between media members are part of the nature of our business and happen on a regular basis, yet I am being singled out.”
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