TORONTO – Fired Sportsnet baseball analyst Gregg Zaun was “blindsided and emotionally gutted” by current allegations of inappropriate feedback towards feminine colleagues, saying in an announcement Monday that he “naively” believed his language was not offensive.
In an “absolute apology” issued by means of his Toronto-based lawyer Stuart Ducoffe, the previous Blue Jays catcher stated he was sorry “for any hurt or misery which can have been brought on by my feedback with any feminine colleagues over the current previous.
“It has by no means been my intention to offer offence to anybody,” he stated.
Zaun was fired as an MLB studio analyst on Thursday after a number of feminine Sportsnet workers complained about his inappropriate behaviour within the office.
“After investigating the matter, we determined to terminate his contract, efficient instantly,” stated Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, in an announcement. “This kind of behaviour utterly contradicts our requirements and our core values.”
Monday’s assertion was Zaun’s first public response to the allegations.
“I’ve finished a variety of soul looking over the previous couple of days and know that my ignorance of the hurt brought on by my language doesn’t excuse it – for which I settle for accountability,” he stated. “Whereas I’m effectively acknowledged for my unfiltered criticism of others inside the sports activities world, which has made many critics and enemies – in ignorance I allowed the same perspective to affect all facets of my way of life, inflicting misery for feminine colleagues.”
Zaun’s dismissal comes at a time when allegations of sexual harassment are widespread within the movie trade, politics and the newsroom with distinguished figures comparable to producer Harvey Weinstein, broadcaster Charlie Rose and “At this time” present host Matt Lauer amongst these accused.
In accordance Sportsnet.ca, there have been no allegations of bodily or sexual assault in opposition to Zaun.
Two Sportsnet workers who spoke with The Canadian Press on Friday painted an image of an offensive office atmosphere the place sexist feedback are tolerated and ladies are afraid to talk up.
“Zaun’s on-air model and picture was based mostly round aggressive masculinity so when he wore (undershirts) across the workplace and made impolite sexual feedback on to girls, or in shut proximity of ladies, with the clear intention of constructing us uncomfortable, it was kind of implied: that’s who he was, take care of it,” stated one worker, who didn’t wish to be recognized for worry of reprisals at work.
“I feel he was capable of get away with this for therefore lengthy as a result of as a girl at Sportsnet, you definitely didn’t really feel empowered to report the inappropriate behaviour of a former skilled athlete nicknamed ‘The Manalyst,’ particularly to an all-male senior administration workforce.”
Zaun was recognized for his no-holds-barred criticism of gamers and the Blue Jays total.
Requested in regards to the allegations made by the 2 girls, Brace stated through an announcement: “It’s actually essential to us that our workers really feel comfy sharing their suggestions overtly and actually. We’re really dedicated to an open and clear office the place everybody feels revered. We encourage anybody with issues to boost them with us.”
In his assertion, Zaun stated each time it was delivered to his consideration that he had demonstrated poor judgement or offending anyone along with his language, he sought to vary his behaviour.
“My regret within the actions drawn to my consideration by Rogers this week affecting unnamed people, is that it was by no means raised earlier than and I naively believed that my language and behavior weren’t thought-about offensive,” he stated. “I remorse my blindness to the influence of my actions that I might have corrected on the time, reasonably than permitting the hurt felt to proceed to fester.”
Zaun started a part-time broadcasting profession with Sportsnet following the 2006 season. He initially signed a two-year deal as a MLB studio analyst with Sportsnet in 2011 and continued working with the community till his termination.
The 46-year-old performed 16 main league seasons, together with 5 years in Toronto from 2004-2008. He captured a World Sequence with the Florida Marlins in 1997.