Fired After Trump Tweet, New York Post Reporter Fights Back

Bart Hubbuch lawsuit alleges he was wrongfully dismissed from Rupert Murdoch's tabloid

This will be an interesting case to follow.

Per ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, Bart Hubbuch, who was recently relieved of his duties covering the NFL for the New York Post, has filed a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit. He alleges that he was let go because of a subsequently deleted Jan. 20 personal-account tweet that connected the inauguration of President Trump to earlier catastrophic events.

From Florio’s report

The lawsuit suggests that the decision to fire Hubbuch was “influenced by [Post owner Rupert] Murdoch’s interest in pleasing Trump and not upsetting him, now that Trump has the power to either directly benefit or harm Murdoch and 21st Century Fox.”

Although the Post will surely try to claim that the decision was motivated by other incidents of alleged misconduct, it’s clear from the statement provided by the Post to PFT last week that the Trump tweet was the trigger for the termination: “Mr. Hubbuch has engaged in a pattern of unprofessional conduct and exhibited serious lack of judgment, including most recently showing disrespect for the victims of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

An important aspect of Hubbuch’s complaint, which was forwarded to Florio by sports law attorney Dan Wallach, may be the fact that the Jan. 20 tweet was posted from home, at a time when the sportswriter was not on the Post clock.

H/T: The Big Lead; tweet screen grab via: Awful Announcing