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Phillies Ban Howard Eskin From Entering Ballpark

Philadelphia announcer Howard Eskin was found guilty in an investigation in May of making unwanted advances on women at the ballpark and has been banned from Citizens Bank Park for the remainder of the season.

The woman, an Aramark employee, accused the 73-year-old announcer of trying to kiss her before the game in a private seating area at the CP Rankin Club. Said A spokesman for Audacy, which owns WIP-FM and employs Eskin, acknowledged the “unwelcome kiss” in a statement obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We immediately investigated and took steps to address the issue,” the statement said.

Aramark confirmed in a statement obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer that one of its employees “received unwanted advances from an Audacy employee.” Aramark, Audacy and the Phillies have launched investigations into the matter, according to people familiar with the matter.

“We have since worked with Audacy and the Phillies to ensure appropriate steps were taken to protect our employees and all Aramark employees at Citizens Bank Park,” Aramark added in a statement, the media reported.

Although it was an Aramark employee who filed the charges against Eskin, a source at the network said it was Eskin's employer, Audacy, that came up with the idea to ban the network for the rest of the season.

The Phillies, in a statement obtained by the outlet, also said they were taking the allegations seriously. (Related: A Terrible (But Flashy) MLB Team and a Legendary Fast Food Chain Come Up with Epic Collectibles)

“We cooperated with Audacy and our partners at Aramark in their investigation,” the statement read. “We support Audacy's decision to suspend Howard Eskin from Citizens Bank Park.”

Eskin hosts a show on Sports Radio 94WIP and will continue to have a regular Saturday morning show. according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.

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