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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DMN: SB Nation fires Angels blogger for article that ‘crossed the line’ in ripping Josh Hamilton

Will Reason pick him up off of waivers?

SB Nation, a fan-based sports blogging website, fired a Los Angeles Angels blogger Tuesday for an article written about Josh Hamilton that founder Tyler Bleszinski said “crossed the line between fanaticism and good taste.”

Hamilton was acquired in a complicated deal Monday from the Angels. The Angels, according to Dallas Morning News sources, are taking on more than $65 million of Hamilton’s remaining $80 million salary.

The blogger, who writes under the pen name Rev Halofan for the blog Halos Heaven, wrote an opinion piece that, among other things, referred to Hamilton as a “coddled hillbilly” and an addict without accountability.

Hamilton has had well-documented problems with substance abuse, the most recent coming this offseason, which effectively signaled the end of his time in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old, who was a five-time All Star with the Rangers from 2008-2012, signed a lucrative deal with the Angels after the 2012 season.

Rev Halofan, who also was the site’s editor, also wrote Hamilton would die of a drug-related matter one day. He ended the piece with “Happy snorting,” referring to Hamilton’s past use of cocaine.

The blog was deleted before the writer was fired, but screenshots were captured an widely distributed beforehand.

SB Nation, which has more than 300 websites, is owned and operated by Vox media.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 141 comment(s)
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