(AP) New York Post sports columnist Wally Matthews was fired for “insubordination” after posting an Internet column that criticized the paper for running a gossip item about the sexual orientation of a Mets player.
Matthews wrote on sportsjournalists.com that it was “abhorrent” the paper ran the item about an unnamed “Mets star who spends a lot of time with pretty models in clubs [but] is actually gay and has started to think about declaring his sexual orientation.”
The Post had refused to run Matthews’ column without editing changes.
Matthews said, “I always knew the paper had no integrity,” according to a posting introducing the column.
“In light of Matthews’ derogatory comments and insubordination, Post management felt it was no longer appropriate for him to continue in the paper’s employ,” the newspaper said in a statement Wednesday.
In an interview with ESPN Radio, which employs Matthews, the columnist said: “All I know is that I told them I was done writing for them.”
Because of the buzz created by the gossip item, written by Neal Travis, Mike Piazza on Tuesday publicly denied he was gay.
According to the Post statement, Sports Editor Greg Gallo read the initial column and requested changes, which Matthews made. The revised column was then cleared by Editor in Chief Col Allan and had been slated to run Thursday.
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