Sports radio personality fired after wearing opposing team's hat to football press conference
A radio sports reporter was fired for wearing a University of Florida hat to a press conference by University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino, reported USA Today.
Renee Gork, who worked for KAKS in Springdale, was fired Monday, Aug. 16, from the station which calls itself Hog Sports Radio -- the Arkansas team mascot is the razorback, a type of hog.
"And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on," Petrino told Gork during the press conference.
KAKS general manager Dan Storrs was quoted in USA Today as saying the station is "very biased. We support the Razorbacks 100%."
According to Chris Low of the ESPN blog, Gork sent a letter of apology to Petrino. She wasn't trying to pull a "stunt," she said. "It was just a dumb mistake."
In an opinion piece,NCAA football writer Clay Travis said it wasn't unethical of Gork to wear the hat. "Wouldn't you rather know that someone was a fan of a rival team instead of them pretending to be completely objective about sports?" he wrote. "Just because you root for another team doesn't mean you can't call it as you see it. The reality is an awful lot of Razorback media aren't actually Arkansas fans."
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