Lessons in tweeting: Rogers fires Damian Goddard

Even after being sacked by Rogers Sportsnet for his spate of tweets against gay marriage, on-air host Damian Goddard stands by his statements.

“In terms of what I said, I stand by it,” he told a Toronto Star reporter Wednesday.”I’m a devout Roman Catholic. It’s not about hate at all.”

Many, many others disagreed. Goddard raised Twitter ire on Tuesday when he showed online support for Todd Reynolds, a Burlington hockey agent who raised hise own share of ire after slamming NHL player Sean Avery for filming a pro-same sex marriage TV ad.

First, Goddard tweeted: “I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.”

Rogers soon sent out its own tweet, presumably trying to stomp out the fire: “Today’s tweet from Damian Goddard does not reflect the views of Rogers Sportsnet.”

Then, on Wednesday the network fired him, explaining, in a statement that “Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization.”

In the meantime, Goddard has kept on tweeting: “It is times like these when I am so thankful for my Roman Catholic faith. I would be COMPLETELY lost without it.”

And: “To those who have been…well…critical of my stance, God bless you. You are all in my prayers, and I am so sad for the pain in your lives.”

And, also: “the silver lining to all of this? I have a new friend in Todd Reynolds. Have yet to meet him, but I love the dude. The man is a pillar!”

Perhaps he should have read Slate‘s Tuesday article: “Twitter in a Wringer: What is it about Twitter that gets people into trouble?”