St. Louis Columnist Hears ‘Throat Slasher’ Threat on Voicemail

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By: E&P Staff

Everyone knows reporting can be a risky business — especially in a time of natural disasters, wars, and high-level leakers — but it’s not every day a writer hears an apparent death threat on his answering machine. Yet that’s what greeted St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz. This is what he encountered in his voice mail:

“Tell your source I’m not a backstabber.” So far so good, but then the man added: “I’m a [expletive] throat slasher, and he’ll know the difference before it’s all said and done.”

The speaker was not just the usual reader, but the director of football administration with the local St. Louis Rams pro football team, Samir Sulieman.

Now Rams president John Shaw says Suleiman will be
reprimanded. “It’s shocking that he would leave a message like that,” Shaw told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. “It’s the type of behavior that we don’t condone on any level. He will be reprimanded, and it will be handled internally.”

Shaw declined to say what the reprimand would entail.

In an Aug. 28 column, Miklasz had simply opined that Rams executives owed the team’s head coach — no matter who he was — their support instead of back-stabbing him. This apparently inspired Suleiman’s response. He was among five execs mentioned in the column. It’s unclear what he meant, in his phone message, by “your source.”

Suleiman has worked for the Rams for six years.

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