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Sports columnist regrets ‘Montreal Massacre’ slip

ESPN writer Chris Jones says his use of the term ‘Montreal Massacre’ was inadvertent

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Chris Jones, the back page columnist for ESPN Magazine, has apologized for what he says was the inadvertent use of the term “Montreal Massacre” to refer to a baseball boondoggle, according to the Globe and Mail. Jones, a writer from Port Hope, Ontario, has only recently begun writing for the U.S. magazine. His fourth column, which hit newsstands on Friday, discussed efforts by Jeffrey Loria, owner of the Florida Marlins, to build a stadium. Jones, referring to Loria’s past attempt to move the Montreal Expos from the Big O, said said such a move would be “Montreal Massacre II.” Loria is often blamed for the team’s eventual departure from the city. Jones, who was living in Australia at the time of the École Polytechnique slayings now widely known as the Montreal Massacre, says he never intended to refer to that incident, and that he immediately apologized via Twitter when he realized the connection.

Globe and Mail

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