Controversy Surrounds The Fan 590/Toronto Host's Suspension
June 7, 2010 at 4:15 AM (PT)
ROGERS Sports CJCL-A (THE FAN 590)/TORONTO baseball reporter and host MIKE WILNER was suspended for the weekend, and while the station isn't talking, speculation has the suspension resulting from WILNER's pointed questions for BLUE JAYS manager CITO GASTON last week.
WILNER and GASTON exchanged testy questions-and-answers after WEDNESDAY's game, and WILNER wrote about the incident on his station blog, saying that "It’s unfortunate that I can’t have a legitimate discussion about strategy with the manager without him feeling as though he’s being attacked (or at least reacting as though he’s being attacked -- I don’t know what he was feeling), but such is life. I don’t need to be belittled by the skipper in front of the entire assemblage when I’m asking legitimate, rational questions about a situation that he brought up earlier in a conversation. It was definitely a rough day for me at the ballpark, and then a rough day for the BLUE JAYS. I’m very much looking forward to the day off."
PD DON KOLLINS told the GLOBE AND MAIL, "With all due respect I can't comment on it. All I can say is MIKE has the weekend off." Meanwhile, the TORONTO STAR's CHRIS ZELKOVICH reported that the BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA's TORONTO Chapter Chairman RICHARD GRIFFIN of the STAR has written a letter to the JAYS and THE FAN voicing their concern over "the right of Mr. WILNER or any other reporter to ask challenging questions. The concern... is that this amounts to an attempt to either censor or intimidate the media coverage that the JAYS receive on a daily basis in all four newspapers and the wire services." The JAYS, like the radio station, are owned by ROGERS.