Popular Minneapolis gay meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is keeping his options open following an abrupt firing by the local NBC-affiliate KARE11.
"Many have asked me about KARE11's post regarding my employment and separation from employment," Sundgaard wrote in a Facebook post Monday. "Here's what I have to say about that for now: I disagree with and dispute my former employers claims and I am considering my options at this time."
KARE11 announced the firing in a brief Facebook post that provided few details.
"Due to continued violations of KARE11's news ethics and other policies, we have made the decision to part ways with Sven Sundgaard," read the statement on Facebook. "We hope you continue to turn to KARE 11 for your news, traffic, weather and more."
Both Sundgaard and KARE11 have been tightlipped about the alleged violation of ethics and other policies. While information about the firing remain limited, speculation is that it was in part caused by Sundgaard's since-deleted reposting of a Facebook comment by Minneapolis Rabbi Michael Adam Latz where he compared those protesting the various social distancing-related closures to "white nationalist Nazi sympathizer gun fetishist miscreants." The comment drew the ire of Alpha Newsin a story they wrote, as well as from former Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis who also recently tweeted about the incident.
\u201cToday\u2019s forecast: mostly sunny w/ a chance of idiocy.\n\nFirst \u2018sports reporter\u2019 @KFANRosen attacks the right to peaceably assemble.\n\nNow \u2018weatherman\u2019 @svensundgaard does this. #Covid_19 models are about as accurate as his forecasts.\n\n@kare11 should fire him!https://t.co/awo2Wiesfo\u201d