A 4-part interview — The Jen Royle lawsuit (Part 4)

January 12, 2012 | Drew Forrester

RL — I heard you speak out about the coverage she received when she announced she was leaving and going back to Boston.

DF — I couldn’t believe it.  I still can’t.  The guy from The Sun writes this piece about how she’s leaving CBS Radio and heading back to Boston and that somehow “Baltimore chased her out of town because she’s a female”.  So he’s writing a story about how she’s been treated differently because she’s a female when, in fact, the only reason he’s even writing the story in the first place is because she is, in fact, a female.  Ken Murray retired from The Sun in November after 30 years as a sportswriter.  I didn’t see any stories or Q and A sessions with him.  Think about that.  Ken Murray put 30 years of his life into that newspaper and when he left – or retired – there wasn’t a word about it from them.  Jen Royle hung around for 20 months, called it a day, and they ran stories about her “career” in Baltimore as if she was Mary Beth Marsden or Denise Koch.  It was laughable.  CBS Radio fired Damon Yaffe last spring.  Here’s a Baltimore guy who had been on the radio for four or five years and he left to crickets.  Nothing from The Sun on that.  No chance for him to speak his mind or give his side of the story or anything.  Jen Royle leaves after 20 months and it’s front page news.  And you know why?  Only one reason.

RL — She’s a female?

DF — No, not just “she’s a female”.  That she’s the female who took on the institution of the sports fan in Baltimore.  It’s that she is the woman who filed the lawsuit against WNST and she’s the woman who has gone toe-to-toe with Baltimore sports fans. That’s it.  I read that article and not once in there did she actually talk any sports.  She didn’t offer an opinion on the Maryland basketball team or make a comment about the turnaround of Towson football or suggest who a good replacement would be for Cam Cameron if the Ravens part company with him at the end of the season.  It was just “woe be me, I’m going back home, I’ve been so mistreated here” and this dude from The Sun wrote it for gospel.

RL — And that bothered you?

DF — I don’t know that it bothered me, but it once again gave me an awakening to how fraudulent some of these people can be. You write a piece in the paper that says “this person was treated differently because she’s a female” – which in my opinion is false – and you yourself at the newspaper are completely guilty of propping her up as a story topic because she’s a female.  If you can’t see how much of a joke that is, there’s not much help for you.  Ken Murray never got a going-away story, applauding him for 30 years of dedicated service to the Baltimore sports community.  Neither did Damon Yaffe.  But she did.

RL — Have you talked with her at all since she dropped the case?

DF — What would I say to her?

RL — I’m not sure.

DF — There’s nothing to say.  In her heart of hearts, she knows the drill.  She doesn’t need me to remind her of what happened.

RL —  What’s “the drill” you’re referring to?

DF —  That she sued us, got her name in the paper and in a few magazines and on the local news, then dropped the case and really never had to explain herself at all about why she didn’t go through with it.  She knows she’s lucky.  Deep down, she knows the truth.