It’s been nearly five years since Harold Reynolds‘s life changed forever.

The former second baseman was a mainstay of ESPN’s baseball coverage, serving as the lead studio analyst for Baseball Tonight.

But Reynolds, 50, was fired in 2006 from ESPN for giving an intern a hug.

Yes, a hug.

Reynolds filed a lawsuit against ESPN for breaching his million-dollar contract. In April 2008, ESPN settled the lawsuit, giving Reynolds a seven figure settlement.

There’s no denying Reynolds talent, and after gigs with MLB.com and SportsNet New York, he was hired by the MLB Network in 2009.

SportsNewser talked to Reynolds at the MLB Urban Invitational a couple of weeks ago about how his feelings towards ESPN and the day-to-day grind of being an analyst during baseball season.

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