Chicago sportscaster Mark Giangreco has a reputation for making his opinions known. Unfortunately, his reputation as a vile, hate-spewing Leftist may overtake his standing in the world of sports broadcasting.
The trouble for Giangreco began in response to this tweet from Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur:
Donald Trump: a hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton supported by 87% of Republicans
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 19, 2017
Giangreco’s reply – in a tweet that he has since deleted – read, “so obvious, so disturbing. America exposed as a country full of simpletons who allowed this cartoon lunatic to be ‘elected.’ ”
Sadly for Giangreco, the internet is forever, and the deleted tweet got to be too much for Disney, who owns the station where the sportscaster works.
“Sports anchor Mark Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards,” the Disney-owned station’s management said Thursday in a statement. “We’ve reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.”
Reportedly, the “appropriate action” includes a multi-week suspension without pay. (Interestingly enough, Disney hasn’t done anything about the left-wing bias at ESPN, which it also owns. But I digress.)
This isn’t the first time Giangreco has found himself in hot water.
When former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling tweeted a suggestion that CNN should be called “LPNN,” the Liberal Propaganda News Network, Giangreco responded, “Let’s change Fox News to Nazi News.”
And, in fact, his sense of humor has also caused trouble offline several times.
In 1999, he joked that former NFL player Walter Payton looked “shriveled up,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Unknown to the public (and Giangreco), Payton was suffering at the time from primary sclerosing cholangitis, a fatal liver disease that has since been nicknamed “Walter Payton’s Disease.”
“That hurt, it really did,” Payton later said. “I realize how serious it is and I realize there are a lot of other people that it might be serious to. To poke fun at it without even knowing what the problems are … it’s very difficult. Very disheartening.”
He has also made inappropriate jokes about the Detroit Pacers’ 2004 NBA championship run and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
Giangreco did not respond to the media’s requests for comment, though he did issue a public apology.
Perhaps this disciplinary action will do Giangreco some good. In the meantime, you stay classy, Mark.