The Philadelphia Flyers apologized Tuesday night after a member of their social media team was heard making rude comments about a reporter during a virtual press conference.
The incident occurred earlier in the day when a reporter asked newcomer Garnet Hathaway, who the team signed from the Boston Bruins in the offseason, a question.
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As the person asked the question, another voice was heard on the virtual feed saying, «How many times are you going to ask this damn question?» Another voice was heard on the broadcast saying, «Flyers suck…» and seemed to mock the reporter as well.
New York Post reporter Mollie Walker also provided some context on the ordeal.
«Loved it when the @NHLFlyers PR department gets caught up in a hot mic tearing up a reporter’s perfectly valid question during a press conference, tweeting it out, then deleting it,» Walker tweeted.
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He then added: «What a joke. The disrespect is mind blowing. I know better.»
The Flyers apologized after the debacle.
«Earlier today, our team’s social media account broadcast a recording of a virtual press conference that included disrespectful comments from members of our social media staff,» the statement read. «On behalf of the entire Flyers organization, I want to extend our apologies.
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“Any disrespect towards reporters is completely unacceptable, especially when they are simply doing their job. We have personally reached out to the reporter and the outlet to express our regrets, and we will continue to promote an environment of mutual respect when working with the media. «