Toronto Sports Media Battles On Twitter

It’s not every day you get a Toronto media member telling another one to Fuck off publicly. That’s what happened on Saturday and now another one is jumping in too.

Dean Blundell took to the airwaves making light of an Edmonton Oiler prospect who dies, saying that playing hockey in Edmonton must be so bad that the prospect allegedly jumped off a bridge.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun and Bruce Arthur have come after Blundell.

Simmons first wrote: What a stupid man @deanblundell is. The death of a young man, Kristians Pelss, is no one’s comedy. #idiot.

Problem was he had the wrong twitter handle.

He then wrote:

“Sorry it’s @ItsDeanBlundell who should be ashamed. Not @deanblundell
Sorry for the error. But rather disgusted by this.”

Blundell, the right one chimed in:

“@ItsDeanBlundell @simmonssteve dude. You are a huge baby. You should really try yoga.”

To which Simmons replied:

“@ItsDeanBlundell Oh, fuck off you backstabber who’s never faced an accuser in your life. Anyone who makes fun of a kid’s death is fucked.”

Blundell finished if off with:

“@simmonssteve I’m the guy Steve. Always accountable unlike you. Write more self promoting garbage and coach kids hockey you dipstick.”

More on the Arthur Tweets later…

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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
June 17, 2013 3:44 pm

if the facts are as they are presented here, this is completely disgusting. I have no idea who Blundell is but I can’t imagine an employer keeping someone who says that sort of thing. I hope advertisers and listeners speak up.

But employers also need to take ownership of the issue. it’s so sad that management still think that shock jock shtick is what sells. Rogers has expressed a tacit encouragement of sexist comments from their hosts (McCown, Krystal, MacLean … but not Toth apparently). the CBC permits Cherry to do the same. It’s an insult to listeners.

There is so much high quality content out there … the mantra of “love me or hate me, just pay attention to me” doesn’t fit with the current era.

June 17, 2013 4:00 pm

Dean Blundell has been the morning guy on The Edge for 10+ years I believe. He’s pretty firmly established here, so I don’t think he’ll get fired, even for these comments.

Funnily enough, he was supposedly Don Kollins rumoured target for Fan morning show host, but apparently Blundell turned it down.

June 17, 2013 5:07 pm

Compare this story to the scumbug radio guys who mocked the former Saints player with ALS.

Bad guy for jerks in sports radio.

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