CALGARY - A Calgary sports radio personality who said he hoped the Saskatchewan Roughriders' plane would crash has been suspended.
Dean (Boomer) Molberg, a morning show co-host at Sportsnet 960 The FAN, said Wednesday he also hoped four of the players would die.
Molberg apologized for the comment Thursday but a statement Friday on the station's Facebook page said Molberg had been suspended.
"He has been suspended through the end of the CFL season and he has apologized, both publicly and to the Roughriders football club," said program director Kelly Kirch, who added the station plans to make a donation to the Roughriders' charity of choice.
Molberg's comments came ahead of Sunday's game between the Stampeders and Riders. The winner will visit the B.C. Lions on Nov. 18 in the Western final.
The Grey Cup will be played Nov. 25 in Toronto.
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