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WBAL-TV Stands Behind Reason for Flanagan Suicide Despite Conflict With Police Report

Aug 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Baltimore station WBAL-TV is standing behind a report it aired on the suicide of former Cy Young Award winner and baseball commentator Mike Flanagan, even though discrepancies have surfaced between that report and the police investigation, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The station’s report Wednesday night by sportscaster Gerry Sandusky attributed the suicide to Flanagan’s being “despondent” over being perceived as having failed his team, the Baltimore Orioles. Police, on the other hand, have put forth the idea that Flanagan’s troubles had more to do with “financial difficulties.”

No suicide note was found.

The station’s news director, Michelle Butt, said multiple sources indicated Flanagan had been depressed since he left the Orioles. She added that those sources said Flanagan “was depressed at how the community perceived how he had done his job" with the Orioles.

After the police version was revealed, Butt told the paper: "What we reported last night, we still stand by. There were many other things that the sources told us. We were not surprised by what we heard today in the press conference."

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