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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Toronto sportscaster fired after weighing in on gay marriage

05.13.11 at 7:39 am ET

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‘™¦ Toronto broadcaster Damian Goddard was fired by Rogers Sportsnet Wednesday after tweeting his opinion on same-sex marriage. The studio host wrote that he backed hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who had criticized Rangers forward Sean Avery for publicly supporting the cause. “I completely and whole-heartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” Goddard wrote.

After issuing its own tweet indicating that Goddard’s comments did not represent the views of Rogers Sportsnet, the company announced: “Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization.”

In the Toronto Sun, Steve Buffery said the backlash against Reynolds and Goddard is “disturbing.”

‘™¦ Chicago sportscaster Daryl Hawks was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room Thursday morning. Police said no foul play is suspected in the death of the 38-year-old Hawks, who was following the Bulls during their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

‘™¦ Packers president Mark Murphy said the team will retire Brett Favre‘s jersey, but the honor won’t happen for a few years, because, “We want to make sure that he’s retired first.” At, Vic Carucci writes that Favre deserves the recognition sooner rather than later.

‘™¦ The city of Glendale, Ariz., voted to give $25 million to the NHL to operate the Coyotes for another year while the league tries to find a buyer. At the Arizona Republic, Dan Bickley writes that this saga needs a quick resolution.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 13, 1991, which two former Celtics were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I just think he’s one of the most overrated coaches of our time. He’s only had the greatest players of our era on his teams.” ‘€” Former Celtic Scot Pollard, on retiring Lakers coach Phil Jackson

STAT OF THE DAY: 34 ‘€” Assists for the Bulls (on 41 baskets) in Thursday’s series-clinching rout of the Hawks

‘NET RESULTS: Yankees fan Alec Baldwin gets the best of Red Sox fan John Krasinski in their latest New Era commercial.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dave Cowens and Nate “Tiny” Archibald

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Stevie Wonder is 61 Friday.

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