Sportscaster Mark Giangreco of ABC-7 was suspended for referring to President Donald Trump as a “cartoon lunatic” and America as “a country full of simpletons.”
The Feb. 19 tweet was a response to a tweet from Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur, who called Trump a “hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton,” media blogger Robert Feder reported Thursday.
Giangreco appeared on the 5 p.m. newscast despite a report earlier in the day from Feder saying he was slapped with a “multi-week suspension” without pay.
It’s not the first time Giangreco’s remarks have gotten him in trouble. After the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Championship in 2004, he was suspended for a week for joking it was a “typical night for Detroit” while a black-and-white clip of a city burning played.
In his Twitter bio, Giangreco refers to himself a “Closet Cartoonist and All-Around Jaded, Cynical Smartass.”
Giangreco has been with ABC 7 Chicago since 1994. He served as the sports director for WMAQ-TV from 1983 to 1994.
It’s yet to be seen if this is a permanent suspension or not. Giangreco’s has made troubling comments that have gotten him in trouble in the past. He was suspended in 2004 for joking about fires that broke out in Detroit after the Pistons NBA Championship victory. He also apologized in 2014 for a joking reference to suicide.