Seattle Seahawks’ game day radio host Dori Monson suspended after alleged transphobic tweet

Seattle Seahawks’ game day radio host Dori Monson suspended after alleged transphobic tweet

SEATTLE — Dori Monson, a Seattle talk show host who also does pregame, halftime and postgame shows on the Seattle Seahawks' radio network, was suspended after allegedly posting a transphobic tweet Wednesday night, The Athletic reported.

Monson, 59, was suspended by the team and Bonneville Communications after sending the alleged tweet during the Washington gubernatorial debate between Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp, the website reported.

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Monson hosts a daily, politically oriented talk show on KIRO-FM radio, which is owned by Bonneville. The Seattle native also hosts a weekly radio show with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Monson has been part of the Seahawks' broadcasting team since 2002, according to The Athletic.

The website reported that Monson, objecting to Inslee’s characterization of Washington as a “science-oriented” state, tweeted, “The state where I could go to Olympia tomorrow and change my birth (certificate) to say I was a girl on 10/2/61,” adding, “HAHAHAHA.”

The tweet was later deleted, The Athletic reported.

“They’re saying you’re laughing at transgender people,” Monson said, according to The Athletic. “No, I’m laughing at Jay Inslee saying we are a science-based state. But I hurt a couple (of) people I care about deeply. I personally called them this morning, said, ‘I’m sorry.’”

“If you were hurt by that, I’m sorry," the website reported Monson as saying. "Not where I was going, not my intent.”

Monson did not host his radio show Friday afternoon, The Athletic reported.