by Patrick Hoffman on 10/12/10 at 10:22 AM ET
Growing up in Canada, many young boys dream about being in the National Hockey League.
One such gentleman is Launy Schwartz. If you’re a Twitter follower, a www.hockey54.com fan or someone who watched “Drafted” a few weeks ago on The Score in Canada, than you know who I am talking about.
Schwartz always dreamed of being a sportscaster one day and “Drafted” was the perfect outlet for him to show off what he can do. However, an accusation from an anonymous source regarding Schwartz got him disqualified.
“Reality can be very unreal,” Schwartz said. “I have vehemently denied the accusation and will continue to do so.”
Greg Sansone, the vice president of television at The Score, and judge in the competition, said that a friend and colleague of his was at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas while Schwartz was there to cover the festivities. The anonymous source told Sansone that Schwartz went to a group of media and told everyone that he made the top-10 for “Drafted.”
“I never told anyone that I was selected as part of “Gillette Drafted’s top-10”,” Schwartz said. “Why would I divulge it to a group of media then when I could have done it way before? It’s ridiculous to think that I would have broken confidentiality.”
Looking back at this situation, it really is absurd. Schwartz was in Vegas about one month prior to the official reveal of the show’s 10 contestants and if Schwartz would have told the media, wouldn’t the media have scooped it and revealed the secret? You can read more about that here.
“This was a very discouraging experience,” Schwartz said. “Not in in terms of my career. If I was eliminated based on merit, than I would have understood. However, that was not the case here.”
It is my belief, along with many others, including those of the media that were actually there, that Launy did absolutely nothing wrong in this situation and is the victim.
Here is someone who has been dreaming about becoming a sports broadcaster since he was a child and upper management at The Score took that away from him. However, this will NOT stop Launy from persuing his dream in life.
“I have carved a niche for myself that I will continue to grow,” Schwartz said in his statement. “I am a sportscaster and will continue down this path as I take my career to the next level.”
Schwartz will also continue to stand up for himself and deny the accusation from the anonymous source as he knows it is the right thing to do.
“My point of view will not change and I will continue to vehemently deny the accusation,” Schwartz said. “I will just as strongly continue to pursue the next level in my career as a sports broadcaster.”
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