Red Sox reporter Jessica Moran resigns amid questions about manager John Farrell
Jessica Moran, a reporter for Comcast SportsNet who covers the Red Sox, resigned from the network Friday amid questions about the nature of her relationship with the team’s manager, John Farrell.
“I have stepped away from Comcast SportsNet as I thought it was in my best personal and professional interest to do so,” Moran wrote in a text to the Globe. “They have been extremely supportive during my tenure at the network — and with this decision — and I am very appreciative of that.”
In recent days at the Red Sox spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., there has been speculation among local and national baseball reporters about Farrell’s relationship with Moran, who until Friday covered the team for the network. Asked about the nature of his relationship with Moran, Farrell declined to comment on Friday.
He did say that he and his wife, Sue Farrell, are getting divorced. The couple, who have been married for 30 years and have three sons, have been separated for most of the past two years, he said.
“I can confirm that we’re in the process of getting a divorce,” Farrell said in a phone call from Fort Myers. “As you can understand, this is a tough time for my family.”
Questions were raised about Farrell’s marital status after the 2016 Red Sox media guide, released to reporters last week, listed the manager as not married.
Sue Farrell has rarely been seen at Fenway Park during the past two seasons, and was not with her husband last August when he announced he had been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. John Farrell was accompanied to his first chemotherapy treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital by Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager.
Asked to comment Friday about his relationship with Moran, Farrell said: “My private life is private.”
A week ago, Moran, who had worked at Comcast SportsNet since 2009, was mute when asked about Farrell. Likewise, her boss, Bill Bridgen, the GM of Comcast SportsNet New England, declined to comment, telling the Globe he doesn’t discuss the private lives of employees.
But in a text Friday, Moran said: “I have resigned from Comcast SportsNet.”