Georgia Public Broadcasting Fires Producer Over T-Shirt
July 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM (PT)
GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING has fired producer CLAY BOLTON for creating and being photographed by alternative news weekly CREATIVE LOAFING wearing a "F-ck COBB COUNTY" T-shirt satirizing the ATLANTA BRAVES' move to the suburbs.
The paper reports that GPB fired BOLTON after its story about the local trend of t-shirts signifying "love for a fading ATLANTA" included BOLTON discussing his creation of the t-shirt, with the slogan printed in script above a tomahawk in the style of the BRAVES logo. The article did not mention BOLTON's place of employment.
BOLTON told the paper that GPB gave him a statement that read, "The recent actions discussed with you today have impacted the professional integrity and credibility that this organization expects of all its employees in the field of radio and television journalism to comply with. In addition, this organization does not tolerate conduct from any employee that may impact, threaten or coerce another employee, a customer, or a member of the public at any time including off-duty hours."
BOLTON added that "business is booming" for the ATL TEES t-shirt company he and business partner BILL PRATT are operating, which include t-shirts with logos commemorating the old OMNI and ATLANTA-FULTON COUNTY STADIUM and "NEON DEION" SANDERS and one with the slogan "The South Got Something To Say" along with the anti-BRAVES move shirts.