Newspaper Sports Editor Admits Making Profane Calls To Don Geronimo Show
March 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM (PT)
SACRAMENTO BEE Sports Editor TOM COUZENS has apologized after making two anonymous profane calls to DON GERONIMO's show at CBS RADIO Sports KHTK-A (1140 THE FAN)/SACRAMENTO, calls the sportswriter initially denied making.
On the show FEBRUARY 22nd, the show received two calls from an individual who cursed the show with "F-bombs" ("this show f--king sucks") before hanging up. After the second call, the number shown on caller ID was called and determined to be COUZENS' line, with the voice on the message matching that of the caller. Responding to GERONIMO's discussion of the incident on the air, the SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW's NICK MILLER talked to COUZENS, who claimed at the time that he did not make the calls and his phone had been "cloned." However, COUZENS now admits to making the calls, telling MILLER in an e-mail, "For months, KHTK’s DON GERONIMO has vowed 'to get' me for criticizing the format of his morning radio show, and unfortunately I allowed him to get to me. Two weeks ago, in two anonymous calls to his screener, I made inappropriate comments about the show. I denied doing so when contacted by a SACRAMENTO NEWS & REVIEW reporter. I regret both errors in judgment and apologize to the KHTK screener, readers of the NEWS & REVIEW and my colleagues at The BEE."
In an item appearing only in the print edition of the paper, COUZENS' apology is accompanied by a quote from BEE Managing Editor TOM NEGRETE saying, "We consider the matter an internal personnel issue and will handle it accordingly." COUZENS has been critical in print of the move of GERONIMO to mornings in the wake of the departure of two-thirds of "THE RISE GUYS" to join ENTERCOM Sports KGMZ (95.7 THE GAME), complaining that GERONIMO's show doesn't talk about sports.
Meanwhile, the SACRAMENTO city council vote approving a nonbinding but significant deal memo that sets the foundation for the construction of a new downtown arena that will keep the NBA's SACRAMENTO KINGS in the city counts as a victory for GERONIMO sidekick and midday solo host CARMICHAEL DAVE, who was one of the leaders in the grass-roots effort to save the team for the market. The movement, known as "Here We Build," arose in part from DAVE's Twitter campaign launched when the team appeared to be about to move to ANAHEIM last Spring. Prodded by the groundswell of support for a new building to replace aging POWER BALANCE PAVILION, Mayor and former NBA star KEVIN JOHNSON was able to convince team and league officials to hold off on a move while an arena plan could be hammered out, and last night's vote was seen as virtually ensuring that the project will go forward.