A DJ from the flagship radio station of the NFL’s Washington Commanders was fired after an incident earlier within the week when he and a accomplice, broadcasting stay from the crew’s Virginia coaching facility, referred to as an area feminine sports activities reporter “Barbie” and “a cheerleader” on air whereas she was on project overlaying the crew.
Michael Sorce, referred to as Don Geronimo, from WBIG-FM BIG 100, was broadcasting stay Thursday on the facility in Ashburn, VA, when he and his co-host Crash Younger noticed WUSA9-TV reporter Sharla McBride strolling inside the ability and started commenting on air.
“Hey look, Barbie’s here. Hi, Barbie girl,” Geronimo stated stay on air. “I’m guessing she’s a cheerleader.”
Later, when Geronimo and co-host Crash Younger noticed McBride once more conducting interviews, they continued.
“Oh hey. There’s that chick that you thought … you said tight?” stated Geronimo. “Yah. I screamed tight when she was …” stated Younger. “I think she’s a sportscaster at Channel 9, or Channel 7…” Geronimo continued. “I thought she was a cheerleader.”
WBIG is owned by iHeart Media, which is in the course of a three-year contract with the crew.
“After an internal review, Don Geronimo is no longer an employee of WBIG,” iHeartMedia’s D.C. Area president Aaron Hyland stated in an announcement Saturday to media, together with WUSA9 and the Washington Publish. “We take matters of this nature very seriously and this behavior does not align with our core values.”
In keeping with WUSA9, McBride, a veteran sports activities & information anchor/reporter, was “hurt and incredibly offended that after 17 years as a journalist, sexist comments like that discredit her as a professional. She called it inappropriate, unprofessional and embarrassing.”
“Objectifying women is harmful and disrespectful,” WUSA9 common supervisor Richard Dyer stated Friday. “We’ve heard from the Washington Commanders that they are addressing this situation directly with iHeartRadio. Promoting respect, empathy and equal treatment for all individuals, regardless of gender, is crucial for building respect in any workplace.”
On Thursday, phrase of the sexist feedback acquired to the Commanders’ new possession group led by Josh Harris, which acquired the franchise from Dan Snyder for a report $6.05 billion in July amid a wide-ranging office misconduct investigation. The crew prohibited Geronimo and Younger from broadcasting from camp Friday.
“We have worked hard to ensure that everyone feels safe and respected in our workplace, and we took swift action when we learned that an employee of our partner iHeart made sexually disparaging remarks to and about a member of the media while she was broadcasting live from training camp yesterday,” Commanders spokesperson stated in an announcement to the station.
“iHeart and the individual were not permitted to broadcast from Training Camp today, and we will continue to work collaboratively with iHeart to address the issue and trust that iHeart will take appropriate action as it works through an internal investigation.”
The crew instructed the Publish on Saturday it was “pleased” that iHeart addressed the matter swiftly.