Monday, November 28, 2005
but is near the top of our sh...ort list...
Santa's Naughty List
"The culprit: Fox Sports Net West reporter Carolyn Hughes.
The crime: Was taken off the Dodgers coverage in July after the swirling rumors became reality - she was having a relationship with Dodgers pitcher Derek Lowe.
The floodgates finally opened when a media watchdog Web site, RonFineman.com, reported the affair with compromising photographs. Lowe's wife, Trinka, contacted the team and FSN to inform them of the conflict of interest, among other things.
According to Fineman, Trinka Lowe also confronted Hughes after suspecting there was something afoot and posed the question: 'Do you think this is an appropriate and professional relationship?' To which Hughes responded, according to Trinka, 'Yes I do ... There is no crime.'
The aftermath: FSN threw up a smokescreen, saying Hughes would continue to host 'FSN Across America' in September, but that show was never renewed. The network still has not officially suspended or fired her.
While Hughes and Lowe continue to be seen together at Lakers and Clippers games, it hasn't stopped other athlete-reporter relationships from becoming public.
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez recently announced his engagement to ESPN Deportes reporter Carolina Cruz, although the network claims she no longer works for them. Indy 500 winner and IRL champion Dan Wheldon has also gone public with dating Nicole Manske, a sportscaster at WISH-Channel 8 in Indianapolis. "