Former female colleagues of Toronto Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun are speaking out following the 46-year-old’s Sportsnet firing last week for “inappropriate behavior and comments.”
Speaking anonymously Friday to the Canadian Press, Zaun’s alleged sexist conduct was tolerated for years as a result of a toxic work environment, leaving female employees fearful to address the situation with higher ups.
“Zaun’s on-air brand and image was based around aggressive masculinity so when he wore [undershirts] around the office and made rude sexual comments directly to women, or in close proximity of women, with the clear intention of making us uncomfortable, it was sort of implied: that’s who he was, deal with it,” one employee claimed.
Nicknamed “The Manalyst,” women “didn’t feel empowered” to discuss Zaun’s behavior to an all-male senior management team. Another female employee said the former MLB catcher’s termination was the result of someone feeling “comfortable enough to speak up.”
Female staffers detail the misery of working with MLB’s ‘manalyst’
New York Post | Dec 5