Breaking News Bar
updated: 5/4/2013 9:05 PM

Wirtz letter played role in Collins' ouster

Success - Article sent! close
  • Susannah Collins

      Susannah Collins


A letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune written by Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz to Phil Badella, vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, played a key role in the dismissal of anchor and Hawks reporter Susannah Collins.

Wirtz wrote the letter after discovering Collins' involvement in Sports Nutz, an irreverent series of video shorts that could be deemed offensive by some. Wirtz was none to pleased to find out that Collins co-hosted the show.

Order Reprint Print Article
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

"In my opinion and those of others, (the videos) are incredibly offensive to a number of audiences, going well beyond professional athletes," Wirtz wrote. "Had we known of this earlier, we would have raised the issue immediately."

The letter went on to ask CSN Chicago to "remove her from our broadcast immediately."

Collins was fired Thursday night.

The videos, which Collins told her bosses about before she was hired, became a concern to the Hawks this week after Collins made a mistake on the air, saying the Hawks had a "tremendous amount of sex during the regular season," using the word sex instead of success.

That video has gone viral.

The popular Collins has received an outpouring of support from her fans and friends.

CSN Chicago is a partnership between Comcast, the Hawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox. Comcast owns about 30 percent of the network and the teams control the rest.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.