Ben Finfer says Trump tweet reason for his immediate ESPN 1000 ouster

Ben Finfer says Trump tweet reason for his immediate ESPN 1000 ouster

In a tweet titled "A message from the office of me," Chicago radio veteran Ben Finfer shared a link to his Facebook page announcing the news that he is "officially done at ESPN."

"From what I understand this is the result of two things," Finfer wrote. "A) Apparently the company had decided not to renew my contract for 2018. B) Last week on Twitter I used not-so-subtle terms to criticize President Trump for being racist, which is a violation of ESPN's social media guidelines."

"It's possible A would have been true even without B, but B obviously didn't help my cause. And at the very least it made my dismissal effective immediately. Some troll running a Twitter account for a pro-Trump AM station in town reported me to ESPN bosses. But my tweet was a violation of guidelines and I posted it, so I can't really blame someone else. I have deleted it because my (now former) boss, who I respect significantly more than the president, asked me to. Regardless, I'm out."

Finfer spent nine years with ESPN 1000 at the beginning of his radio career before moving to 670 The Score in 2010. He later left The Score to join upstart 87.7 The Game, but three years ago found out on air that he would be losing his job at the end of 2014. ESPN 1000 scooped him back up shortly thereafter.

Lead image via Ben Finfer/Facebook

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