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Was radio personality Renee Gork fired after wearing Florida hat to Arkansas press conference?

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renee-gork-florida-hat.jpgAn Arkansas radio personality has been fired from her job two days after she wore a Florida Gators hat into a press conference with Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino.

Renee Gork announced, through the magic of Twitter, that she'd been axed by KAKS, which calls itself Hog Sports Radio.

Gork drew the ire of Petrino by wearing the offending cap and having the audacity to ask a question.

Petrino was less than thrilled about answering questions from anyone wearing the colors of a school that edged Arkansas 23-20 last year.

"That will be the last question I answer with that hat on," Petrino said.



Gork said she grabbed the hat without thinking because it was raining and was hoping to apologize publicly to both Petrino and the army or Razorkback fans.

Now, she won't get that chance.

KAKS general manager Dan Storrs confirmed in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that Gork was no longer working for the station but declined to comment further, saying it was a personnel matter.

However, he added, "This radio station is Hog Sports Radio. We are very biased. We support the Razorbacks 100 percent."


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Ok, no one is reporting about her Twitter feed. Let me be sarcastic before I explain my point:
I saw this woman eat a McDonald's two days before she got fired. "Was radio personality fired after eating at McDonald's?" The answer is "YES" because that is technically the sequence of events. However, they are not neccesarily related.

Why is no one reporting about this lady's Twitter comments? If you work for a Razorback-focused radio station, use your company email address to sign up for Twitter, then post things such as, "I hate getting up for early morning practice; but it would be ok if it was for Florida practice," then showing up to a press conference in a Florida hat might not be the only reason you got fired.

I want to start a petition to get her that job back. This is a bunch of hooey. As a hog supporter I dotn want a biased radio station or biased radio personalities. I think this whole thing reeks of another selfish Petrino act. Costing someone thier job and most likely he is laughing as hard about that as he did when he turned tail and ran form that Atlanta Falcons job. This guy has no class and no respect. When we will we get a decnt human being as a couach again. there is no telling what this guy is doing behind the scenes.

I want to start a petition to get her that job back. This is a bunch of hooey. As a hog supporter I dotn want a biased radio station or biased radio personalities. I think this whole thing reeks of another selfish Petrino act. Costing someone thier job and most likely he is laughing as hard about that as he did when he turned tail and ran form that Atlanta Falcons job. This guy has no class and no respect. When we will we get a decnt human being as a couach again. there is no telling what this guy is doing behind the scenes.

Story I heard is apparently not being released for legal reasons by her former employer.

This woman was hired to do practice reports. She was warned repeatedly that cell phones are not to be used by reporters in the stadium. She was caught multiple times, "tweeting" from inside the stadium. The school asked that she not be allowed in to practices anymore.

So, if you are her employer, you hired her to do practice reports, and she is not allowed on the facility anymore, then why would you keep paying her?

I'm on the west coast so to all the SEC fans out there, take this for what it's worth. Couldn't Petrino have handled this much differently and still gotten his point across? Couldn't he have handed her her lunch and still been magnanimous about it? She has two young sons, how about coach sending over a box full of hog gear for she and her family? Have a little fun at her expense. I get that she blew it, but I cannot believe that she was fired over this, whether she was tweeting about the gators or not. She is a Florida alum, after all. In any case, this may be a feather in his cap re: hard core hogs fans, but to any and all outside that realm, it reeks of a petty, insecure man who has lost all concept of reality and decency. What happened to the old fashioned southern charm. Petrino acted like a petulant New Yorker who used his position to show who was the boss. What's next out of his mouth, "Don't you know who I am?" What a pathetic display. Good luck with this guy, razorback fans.

Good riddance, she worked for HOG SPORTS RADIO and she Just "grabbed a hat because it was raining" a Florida hat? ... B.S.

Florida, I'm sure has a job waiting for her, and I'm sure she'll take it and be better off.

good luck with your petition,.. "hog supporter" ?

Grabbed a hat because it was raining. Quick thinking Gork. But the truth is, Saturday in Fayetteville AR it was Hot and Dry. 0.0 rain.

It is the lying that get's you fired, not the lack of professionalism.


petrino could of been a better man about it? what kind of bs is that? petrino didn't fire her. it a good thing she got out of there in one piece. this is serious stuff. how ignorant can one be? she was wanting a story about her, and her dilemma not even wanting to be there..in arkansas and early morning practices, and it would be ok if she was in florida.

I thought all of the SEC fans were buddies.

You all live through the success of the other teams in your conference with your stupid SEC chants during non-conference games.

Whatever happend to all of that SEC love.

Morons !

I am an ardent Razorback fan. I have lived in Charlotte, NC, for the past 20 years. I have worn my Hog Hat to many watch parties at many sports bars in Charlotte, with no problems. HOWEVER, if I worked for a sports talk radio show called Blue Devil Sports and went to a press conference with Mike Krzyzewski AND I wore my Hog Hat there....say the year after Arkansas beat Duke in the National Finals here in Charlotte....I would expect to be fired.

Petrino had nothing to do with the firing nor did the University of Arkansas. The station manager fired her and I think he used good judgment because the woman was stupid.

RazorbackDave

This story resonates across the country because times are tough and to get fired from a low level job based on the whims of coach is a PR nightmare for Arkansas. Maybe Petrino didn't know it was raining on the "little people" while he was working his 3 million dollar a year job. No wonder that jerk is having more and more trouble recruiting every year.

And denying any involvement is an obvious lie. Petrino's comments started this and the radio station even said she was fired because they support Petrino and Arkansas.

Now we know Petrino had Gork banned from practices and he didn't lift a finger when "things got out of hand" and the woman was fired and received death threats. The whole idea of Petrino getting someone fired for disloyalty smacks of hypocrisy. This is the coward that quit during the season and slithered out of Atlanta in the middle of the night.

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