NFL Reporter Fired Over 'Unprofessional' Anti-Trump Tweet
Feb 02, 2017 01:19 PM EST
Popular NFL reporter since 2007, Bart Hubbuch, revealed why he lost his job at the New York Post on Monday night. Hubbuch confirmed that his firing was caused after a shocking tweet he released that compares the President Trump's inauguration to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the 9/11 'terrorist attacks.
Although Hubbuch has deleted the tweet in question and Philly reports that he provided a subsequent apology, his statement on Monday stated that his "personal belief" to be that "Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is a national tragedy." In his apology he called his own comparison of the inauguration to 9/11 "insensitive and wrong". Hubbuch also added that he should not have done so.
A spokesperson for the New York Post said that Hubbuch took part in a series of "unprofessional conduct" and displayed a lack of serious judgment. The spokesperson also added that reporters are expected to "interact with the public, including on social media, in a professional manner."
President Trump's election has resulted in many sports personalities taking to the media to speak very publicly about politics. Despite the Post not preventing its sports reporters from discussing politics, during the U.S. presidential campaign the ESPN enacted a policy asking its hosts to "refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or 'drive-by' comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns."
The policy did not do much to halt ESPN personalities from contributing to the fray. According to Philly, Sunday saw the Sage Steele, the NBA Countdown host, criticized by her colleagues after she took to Instagram to complain about the inconvenience she faced due to the protests at Los Angeles International airport over the Trump's immigration ban.
Inside the ESPN, many individuals feel like the politics of the network have become a lot more obvious now that Trump is the President. Bob Ley, long standing ESPN anchor, spoke to Jim Brady, Billy Penn founder, and said that they have done quite a job of "diversity" but they still had "miles to go" to attain "diversity of thought".