The Lachlan McLean suspension story has drawn plenty of interest here at the ‘Ville Voice, so we listened in for part of his return as the sports talk host on WHAS Radio Monday night.
As was reported here Friday, McLean was suspended indefinitely by the station prior to the University of Louisville football game against Kentucky for reading a poem from a UK fan that contained references to Cardinal linebacker Willie Williams’ scrapes with the law. Last Wednesday, after Williams was arrested in downtown Louisville and subsequently kicked off the team, McLean’s suspension was lifted.
So upon his return after two weeks off the air, afternoon host Terry Meiners asked McLean about his time off, offering up a story about how McLean was taking care of his kids while his wife, Carolyn (a spokesperson for Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom) was in Las Vegas on a business trip. McLean went along with the ruse. Later, during the call-in show, McLean said he’d taken time off for personal reasons. And he wrote a similar message on his page on the WHAS web site.
Now wait just a gosh-darn minute here.
Is this fictitious reasoning the official company line? Was McLean under orders not to speak about the real reason behind his two-week absence? Was Meiners, and perhaps others at the station, in on the scamming of the public? It’s just a radio talk show, but why the cover-up?
It’s understandable that WHAS management wants the whole episode to fade to black, but is it ordering its on-air staff to cover up the incident? The fact that the story of the McLean suspension has spread like wildfire here makes one wonder how station managers could authorize a strategy of deceiving the public. Why not say that McLean was suspended, served his time, and now he’s back?
And in related news:
PageOne has the story and some speculation on today’s suspension of JaJuan Spillman from the Cardinals.