The Red Sox’ season is more or less over, but the controversy surrounding the departure of play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo continues to consume Boston sports fans.
Now Boston sports radio personality Kirk Minihane has sources telling him that NESN, the team-owned cable network that broadcasts Red Sox games locally, asked Orsillo to lie about the reason behind his departure.
Last week, NESN announced it was replacing Orsillo with Dave O’Brien for the 2016 season, much to the chagrin of a Red Sox Nation that had grown to appreciate Orsillo’s steady ways over the past 15 years. NESN originally did not give a reason for the switch — further infuriating Red Sox fans — until chairman Tom Werner and NESN chief executive Sean McGrail wrote Saturday in the Boston Herald that the move was made to upgrade and “re-energize” the team’s television’s broadcasts.
A Change.org petition asking the Red Sox to change their mind on Orsillo’s firing now has more than 57,000 signatures.
As I said above, Minihane is no stranger to controversy himself. In July 2014, he was suspended for a week without pay by Boston sports-talker WEEI after he called Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews a “gutless [expletive]” because of her interviews during that year’s MLB all-star game. In June, he was suspended for one day by the station after getting into a heated on-air argument with former NFL player Christian Fauria.
And then, this week, Minihane (jokingly?) suggested — on television, this time — that someone be hired to murder NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Credit to the Washington Post who originally published this article