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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sportsnet fires host following anti-gay marriage tweet

By Cathal Kelly -
After a spate of tweets in support of a hockey agent’s anti-gay marriage stand, Rogers Sportsnet decided Wednesday to fire on-air host Damian Goddard.
Attempting to skip over the controversy, Sportsnet suggested in a release that their problems with Goddard did not start with his decision to share his political views online.

“Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization,” the sports giant’s communications director, Dave Rashford, said in a short statement.

Goddard tweeted Tuesday in support of Burlington hockey agent Todd Reynolds. Reynolds made waves after he called out New York Ranger Sean Avery for making a PSA in support of gay marriage.

“I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” Goddard said in a tweet.

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