On Friday, Da Windy City covered the firing of Chicago Blackhawks’ beat reporter Susannah Collins by Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. It was speculated in that article that the Chicago Blackhawks were behind Collins’ firing. The Chicago Tribune has provided an update on the reason why Collins was fired and the speculation of the Blackhawks’ involvement appears to be correct.
According to a report by Robert Channick of the Chicago Tribune, Blackhawks’ chairman Rocky Wirtz sent a letter to CSN Chicago executives asking that Collins be removed immediately from the Blackhawks’ broadcast:
“In my opinion and those of others, (the videos) are incredibly offensive to a number of audiences, going well beyond professional athletes,” Wirtz said. “Had we known of this earlier, we would have raised the issue immediately.”
The letter went on to ask CSN to “remove her from our broadcast immediately.”-Rocky Wirtz, Chicago Tribune
Wirtz was referring the videos that are available to the public on YouTube and titled “Sports Nutz.” Sources in the Tribune indicated that once the CSN Chicago executives caught wind of the viral videos, the company was leaning towards relieving Collins of her duties at some point in the near future.
Something about this situation still smells fishy. Both the Blackhawks and CSN Chicago are acting like the “Sports Nutz” videos were something that Collins was trying to keep secret from the public. But, that wasn’t the case. Collins had been supportive of her role in those videos, and believes those videos are the reason why she was hired by Showtime Sports. Collins was not ashamed of those videos and nor should she be.
The more this story develops, the more is appears that the executives at CSN Chicago are on their knees puckering up to the Blackhawks.