'17-year-old boys are going to misbehave from time to time': California news anchor resigns after defending Kavanaugh in long social media post
Kris Long reportedly stepped down from CBS affiliate KESQ-TV in Palm Springs on Friday after he was suspended from the television network, shortly after he wrote the post on Facebook.
A news anchor from California resigned after writing a long Facebook post defending Brett Kavanaugh against sexual misconduct allegations, according to reports. Kris Long, the anchor, reportedly stepped down from CBS affiliate KESQ-TV in Palm Springs on Friday after he was suspended from the television network, shortly after he wrote the post on Facebook.
Long, in his post on September 17, had written: "You are beyond dreaming if you think 17-year-old boys are not going to misbehave from time to time as they begin to attempt relationships with the opposite sex. That is just the way animals are made!"
"To allow someone to accuse a fellow teenager of some lesser miscreant behavior from some four decades ago is, I feel, a real stretch," he said, adding: "Now, that certainly does not in any way mean that a 17-year-old should be allowed to force himself on a young girl. That illegal act is reprehensible." However, he questioned the time it took for Dr. Christine Ford to come out with the allegations, and claimed it "stinks of political maneuvering." The post has now been deleted.
Reports state that the station accepted Long's resignation "effective immediately" after his comments launched a heated debate on the ethics of journalism, according to the Daily Mail. Long's post reportedly had received more than 160 comments before he deleted it and wrote another post apologizing for his statement the next day.
"The previous post to this page has been deleted. This is a sensitive and controversial subject and I apologize for any offense that this has caused," Long wrote on Facebook.
He again released a statement on Friday, saying: "I want to thank those who have offered support and apologize again for any I may have offended. I hope to return to the news business in the future. I wish I hadn't written (the post) because it's caused me a lot of headache," he said. "This is a sensitive and controversial subject and I apologize for any offense that this has caused."
Gulf California Broadcast Company General Manager Jerry Upham also released a statement on Friday, stating that the station had accepted Long's resignation, adding: "Kris Long has been an integral part of this company's news organization and we'd like to thank him for his many years of service."
Long's initial Facebook posts, however, go against his defense of Kavanaugh as he had earlier stated that he supports the #MeToo movement, saying it is "long overdue," according to reports.
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by at least three victims, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly before a Senate vote on Kavanaugh, alleging that the judge had sexually assaulted her at a high school party when they were teenagers.