Former WCW commentator and ESPN radio announcer/host gets kill button for wanting Senator Kennedy assassinated…

Posted by Andy Durham on May 28, 2008 at 10:23 am under Professional | 2 Comments to Read


Former WCW Nitro color commentator (and previously former PWTorch Newsletter columnist) Mark Madden was “permanently removed” from his highly-rated Pittsburgh-based ESPN radio show this week for making a controversial statement about Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Just days after Sen. Kennedy was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, Madden said on live radio: “I’m very disappointed to hear Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated.”

Madden was taken off the air and suspended first, but a decision to “permanently remove him” was made at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters.

  • ryan perdue said,

    Passing through the pittsburgh area a few times and having the misfortune of being awake when Madden fhad ESPN mag show briefly, I expect this from Mark Madden.
    He didn’t know when to stop on a lot of things.
    I respect people with different viewpoints but he was ridiculous and it seemed like he just wanted to hurt people.
    I don’t care what you think of someone, saying what he said was totally uncalled for.

  • Doug Cockman said,

    Madden was out of line. Sen. Kennedy has made some mistakes but he has also done a lot of good for people in this country. Madden would need to live two lifetimes to be half the man Ted Kennedy is today.