Can you, even for a minute, imagine what would happen if a reporter wore an Auburn cap to an Alabama press conference?
It happened in Arkansas last weekend, and the reporter was fired by the station she worked for.
According to reports, the reporter, Renee Gork, said she grabbed a Florida Gator cap on her way out the door Saturday because it was raining outside. Gork is a Florida graduate.
At the presser, Gork asked the Razorback head coach a question. After answering, he promptly replied “And that will be the last question I answer with that hat on.”
As early as Monday of this week, Gork was let go by the radio station. Using the station’s Twitter account, the reporter offered:
“Was hoping to publicly apologize to coach Petrino and UA fans on the show today … but I won’t get that chance. I’ve been fired.”
KAKS’ general manager Dan Storrs confirmed that Gork had been fired, offering no further comment but this one:
“This radio station is Hog Sports Radio. We are very biased. We support the Razorbacks 100 percent.”
A few questions linger for me on this one:
What would happen at Bama if a reporter showed up with a Gators hat?
Prediction: He/she would be heralded as an “open thinker”, not afraid to spit in the face of the mighty Crimson Tide, receiving praise from opposing fans. He/she would write a column about any flack taken over it that would appear on the front page of the Birmingham News sports section. And Nick Saban would be painted as the bad guy, not secure enough in his millions to look past the “mistake”…because he’s too mean.
Does Bobby Petrino feel good knowing that a reporter lost her job?
If the hat wasn’t a stunt, and the rain story checks out, could Bobby Petrino pick up the phone, call the station, and make a case for the girl to get her job back? Bobby’s raking in $2 Million+ a season, living in a mansion like most of us will never know the likes of. The reporter, likely just starting out, probably did well just to cover a one bedroom apartment. Would the pro Arkansas, “biased” station listen to the Hogs’ head man? Ummm…you better believe it.
What would it be like to have good, pro Alabama sports radio in this town?
No Jay Barker, no Al “Doughboy” DelGreco. And for the love, no “word creating” Frank Sanders…all on the Birmingham, AL affiliate, WJOX. No stirring. No mudslinging. Just solid Alabama coverage. One can argue that biased coverage is not really news, but radio in this town…with few exceptions…is so bad, I’d like to find out for myself.
Media types are famous for pulling these kinds of stunts to gain notoriety for themselves. Maybe that’s the case here. Or maybe the girl, like 99% of girls, didn’t want her hair to get wet, and made a bad grab as she ran out the door.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to hear where Renee Gork lands. But it’s just hard to picture this happening in Alabama.