Marly Rivera, a national baseball reporter for ESPN, has been dismissed from her role following an incident at Yankee Stadium where she directed the words “f–king c–t” towards another female reporter who was waiting for an interview with Aaron Judge.
Rivera had previously worked as a dugout reporter for the Home Run Derby and certain “Sunday Night Baseball” telecasts, and had also served as an analyst for ESPN Radio during MLB playoff games.
ESPN acknowledged that Marly Rivera, who was bilingual and brought a unique viewpoint to the network’s telecasts, particularly when communicating with Latin players, had contributed to their digital platforms.
However, they confirmed that she is no longer employed with the company. ESPN provided a statement to The Post stating that the incident where Rivera made derogatory remarks occurred at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday of last week.
According to reports, Marly Rivera and Ivón Gaete, both reporters, had a disagreement before the Yankees-Angels game.
The dispute arose when Gaete arrived to interview Aaron Judge, who had already agreed to an interview with Rivera.
Rivera attempted to inform Gaete of the arrangement, but Gaete ignored her. During the argument, Rivera used the offensive phrase “f–king c–t,” which was recorded on video. Although Rivera tried to apologize afterward, Gaete refused to accept it.
In a statement to The Post, Marly Rivera took full responsibility for her actions and acknowledged that she should not have said what she did. While she cited extenuating circumstances, she made it clear that there is no excuse for her behavior. Rivera emphasized that she has a strong reputation in the baseball industry as a professional, but believes that she is being unfairly targeted by a group of individuals with whom she has a history of professional disagreements.
It is worth noting that Ivón Gaete, who was the target of Rivera’s derogatory remarks, is a freelance reporter and the wife of MLB vice president of communications, John Blundell. Gaete was covering Shohei Ohtani’s assignment for Tokyo Broadcasting at the time of the incident.
According to Marly Rivera, she has had professional disagreements with John Blundell over the years, which is why she believes that this incident escalated and led to her termination.
Blundell declined to comment on the matter, and Ivón Gaete was not immediately available for comment. Rivera had been working with ESPN for 13 years, reporting on MLB with a focus on the Yankees.
She worked as both a writer and an on-air personality for both English language platforms and ESPN Deportes.
Marly Rivera, reporter for MLB on ESPN, terminated for calling fellow reporter Ivón Gaete ‘f–king c–t’
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