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Former baseball analyst Zaun apologizes after being fired for inappropriate comments

Last Updated Dec 4, 2017 at 12:26 pm PDT

Gregg Zaun. (Courtesy Sportsnet)

Gregg Zaun says he has done a lot of "soul searching" since being fired from Sportsnet

Zaun offers an "absolute apology", accepting responsibility for "the harm caused by my language"

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Former Sportsnet broadcaster Gregg Zaun is apologizing for “any harm or distress” his comments may have caused his female colleagues.

The “absolute apology” issued today by his Toronto-based lawyer Stuart Ducoffe comes four days after he was fired for what Sportsnet called “inappropriate behaviour and comments.”

Sportsnet says it received complaints about Zaun’s behaviour from female employees.

Zaun says he has done a lot of “soul searching” and accepts responsibility for “the harm caused by my language.”

Read more: Gregg Zaun’s full statement

Zaun’s dismissal comes at a time when allegations of sexual harassment are widespread in the film industry, politics and the newsroom with prominent figures such as producer Harvey Weinstein, broadcaster Charlie Rose and “Today” show host Matt Lauer among those accused.

The former Toronto Blue Jays catcher began a part-time broadcasting career with Sportsnet following the 2006 season. He initially signed a two-year deal as a MLB studio analyst with Sportsnet in 2011 and continued working with the network until his termination.

Sportsnet is owned by Rogers Media, the parent company of NEWS 1130.