SJ - May 10, 2021
MASN has removed former MLB player F.P. Santangelo from Nationals broadcasts after sexual assault allegations against him surfaced on social media.
The 53-year-old was accused of making unwanted sexual advances by the woman prior to sexually assaulting her. Santangelo denied the claims and is confident that his name and reputation will be cleared.
From Bleacher Report:
According to Ghiroli, a 31-year-old woman alleged Santangelo made unwanted sexual advances several years ago before sexually assaulting her. The allegation was made in an Instagram post "that caught the attention of the team and the network."
Ghiroli reported MASN is aware of the allegation but that the woman who made the allegation has not been contacted by the team, network or the Baltimore Orioles—who own a majority share of MASN.
Santangelo has been broadcasting games since 2011 and declined to comment on his absence from the airwaves to Jesse Dougherty and Ben Strauss of the Washington Post but provided a statement to Ghiroli after the publication of her story in The Athletic.
"What I have read in your recently published article from an anonymous individual about me is untrue and did not happen," Santangelo said. "This is not representative of who I am as a man or a professional. I am confident that my name and reputation will be fully cleared."
You would think MASN would have talked to the woman making the allegations before kicking F.P. out of the booth. What would keep random people from making up stories on social media to get people removed from their jobs?
I'm not saying that's what happened here, but how would anyone know if it was the case? Nobody has talked to the person making the claims.
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