Olin Kreutz, two-time All-Pro center and six-time Pro Bowler for the Bearwas fired by Chicago-based sports media company CHGO Sports after he allegedly assaulted one of his co-workers.
“On Monday morning, an incident occurred in which Olin Kreutz physically assaulted a CHGO employee,” the company said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Effective today, Olin Kreutz is no longer with CHGO. While we were shocked by the incident, we are grateful that the employee is doing well. The health and safety of our employees is of the utmost concern. utmost importance and we will not tolerate any action that would endanger this.”
Kreutz responded on Twitter on Monday, posting a graphic with a quote from Mike Tyson: “Social media has made y’all too comfortable disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it,” which is far from an apology or denial of what happened.
Tuesday, Jeff Agrest from Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kreutz “grabbed fellow CHGO Adam Hoge by the neck in response to an offhand remark on Monday” during a staff meeting, resulting in his dismissal.
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Kreutz played for the Bears from 1998 to 2010 before a season with the Saints. He is also an analyst for NBC Sports Chicago and 670 The Score and NBC 5 in Chicago, which told the Sun-Times to investigate the incident.
CHGO, part of the All-City Network, launched in March.
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