Citizens Bank Park Bans Howard Eskin From Entering For Remainder Of Season

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Philadelphia broadcaster Howard Eskin was banned from Citizens Bank Park for the remainder of the season after an investigation found him guilty of making an unwanted advance toward a woman at the ballpark in May.

The woman, an Aramark employee, accused the 73-year-old broadcaster of trying to kiss her before a game in the CP Rankin Club, an exclusive seating area, sources told The Philadelphia Inquirer. A spokesperson for Audacy, the entity that owns WIP-FM and employs Eskin, verified the “unwelcome kiss” in a statement obtained by the outlet.

“We immediately investigated and took action to address the matter,” the statement reportedly read.

Aramark verified in a statement obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer that one of its employees was “subjected to an unwanted advance by an Audacy employee.” Aramark, Audacy and the Phillies reportedly began to investigate the matter, sources said.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) FOX 29 Sports anchor Howard Eskin and NFL Hall of Famer Vince Papale attend Philadelphia Style magazine’s holiday issue cover event at the Hotel Monaco on December 11, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

“We then worked with Audacy and the Phillies to ensure that appropriate steps were taken to protect our employee and all of the Aramark employees at Citizens Bank Park,” Aramark added in the statement, the outlet reported.

Although it was an Aramark employee who accused Eskin, sources told the outlet that it was Audacy, Eskin’s employer, that came up with the idea to ban the broadcaster until the end of the season.

The Phillies also said in a statement obtained by the outlet that they took the allegations seriously. (RELATED: Sucky (Yet Flashy) MLB Team, Legendary Fast Food Chain Come Up With Epic Collectible Piece)

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

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 18: Philadelphia Eagles Sideline Radio Reporter Howard Eskin watches the action against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 45-13. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with Howard Eskin after the game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 30, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles won 19-17. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

Eskin hosts a show on SportsRadio 94WIP and will continue to speak on air during his regular Saturday morning shows, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia 76ers later joined the Phillies’ home stadium in banning Eskin from their training facilities.