- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sports columnist Bart Hubbuch announced Monday that he was fired from the New York Post for a tweet equating President Trump’s inauguration with the 9/11 and Pearl Harbor attacks.

Mr. Hubbuch has since deleted the Jan. 20 tweet, which was briefly pinned to the top of his page.

“12/7/41. 9/11/01. 1/20/17,” he wrote, according to a screenshot captured by Bartsool Sports.

He also deleted a subsequent apology, which said he let his emotions “get the best” of him.

“My sincere apologies for comparing this day to 9/11. It was insensitive and wrong, and I shouldn’t have done it,” he wrote, according to screenshots obtained by Awful Announcing.

In a tweet Monday night, Mr. Hubbuch announced that he was fired by the New York Post after a decade writing for the newspaper because he expressed his “personal belief that Donald Trump becoming President of the United States is a national tragedy.”

A Post spokesperson told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Mr. Hubbuch had shown a pattern of bad judgment on social media and his inauguration tweet was the last straw.

“We expect our reporters to interact with the public, including on social media, in a professional manner,” the rep said. “Unfortunately, Mr. Hubbuch has engaged in a pattern of unprofessional conduct and exhibited serious lack of judgment, including most recently showing disrespect for the victims of Pearl Harbor and 9/11.”

It’s not the first time Mr. Hubbuch has made headlines with his provocative tweets. In September, he briefly deleted his Twitter account amid backlash from Boston sports fans over a tweet noting the “totally not-shocking fact” that Jacoby Brisset would be the first black quarterback to start in the Patriots’ 57-year history, Awful Announcing reported at the time.

And on Aug. 26, 2015, Mr. Hubbuch sparked controversy for a tweet calling the tragic shooting of two TV journalists in Virginia a “proud moment” for the National Rifle Association.

“Horrifying. Another proud moment for the NRA. Thank you, NYC, for your strict gun laws!” he wrote just hours after WDBJ7 journalists Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot during a live report in Moneta. Mr. Hubbuch spent several hours defending the tweet before eventually deleting it.

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