Dori Monson, a Seattle talk show host who also is an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks's game day programming, has been slammed for a political tweet deemed "transphobic" by activists.
According to The Athletic, Monson sarcastically tweeted a comment during the Washington state gubernatorial debate between incumbent Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger, Loren Culp.
After Inslee declared Washington to be a "science-oriented" state, Monson pointed out that it was the same state where he would be allowed to simply change his birth certificate to declare he was a girl.
Monson was suspended by both the Seattle Seahawks and Bonneville Communications, which owns the station where Monson hosts a daily political talk show.
Speaking to The Athletic, Monson clarified his remarks as taking aim at Inslee and his characterization of the state, not at transgender people.
"I'm laughing at Jay Inslee saying we are a science-based state," Monson explained. "But I hurt a couple [of] people I care about deeply. I personally called them this morning, said, ‘I'm sorry.' If you were hurt by that, I'm sorry. Not where I was going, not my intent."
The incident took place on Wednesday night. Monson was pulled from the air by Friday afternoon.