NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A North Carolina television reporter has apologized to Robinson Cano for suggesting the Yankees slugger had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
“On 9/20 I tweeted I expected #MLB to announce @RobinsonCano tested positive for PEDs. This information was FALSE,” Dan Tordjman wrote Thursday on Twitter.
He continued: “I, @CoxMediaGroup, and @WSOC_TV all apologize to Mr. #Cano, and to the #Yankees and their fans. … I shouldn’t have posted false info about #Cano, and afterward, I should’ve admitted it was false and apologized right away. I am very sorry.”
Tordjman’s original tweet set off a firestorm — and a wild goose chase among New York’s beat reporters.
“This young man clearly underestimated the power of his Twitter account,” WFAN’s Sweeny Murti wrote on Sept. 21. “Nowadays there is a difference between a guy in the local tavern saying he thinks a player is taking steroids and the same guy writing that in a social media platform, especially when that person is actually employed by a journalistic organization.”
The station also issued an on-air apology Thursday: “This information was incorrect. … While WSOC was not involved in posting the tweet, the station wishes to apologize to Mr. Cano and any Yankee baseball fan for any embarrassment or any inconvenience that the tweet may have caused.”
Tordjman will make a donation to the Robinson Cano Foundation as part of his mea culpa, the New York Daily News reported.
“When journalists and media outlets act unprofessionally and negligently and submit false statements about a fine person and great player,” Cano’s agent, Scott Boras, told the paper, “we’re happy that the apology was issued.”
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