Toronto man fired after he tries to justify vulgar TV remark

TORONTO (AP) — A social media firestorm touched off by a female TV reporter who fought back against sexually explicit taunts hurled by soccer fans has cost one Toronto engineer his job.

Ontario’s largest electricity provider, Hydro One, issued a statement Tuesday saying it has fired one of its employees in connection with the lewd disruption Sunday at a Toronto FC game, which was captured on video.

In that video, CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt is shown confronting and questioning the men who shouted obscenities into her microphone and defended it as part of popular trend.

A Hydro One official identified the employee as Shawn Simoes, but spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to name him.

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