COMCAST on Wednesday fired Andrew Kovalic, a 10-year employee who earlier this week became the target of a viral petition alleging that he is a member of a hate group. The petition that called for Kovalic’s termination, which had garnered 373 signatures by Wednesday morning, was created and sponsored by the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Media Mobilizing Project, which often scrutinizes media and telecommunications companies like COMCAST. The petition directly addressed COMCAST CEO Brian Roberts: “Employing Andrew Kovalic, a member of the hate group the Proud Boys, is an embarrassment and an insult to the communities of Philadelphia and the country. […] Comcast should terminate his employment immediately, and state clearly and publicly that it will not tolerate racist and fascist speech, organizing and actions from its employees.” In a statement to Philadelphia magazine, COMCAST said, “There’s no place for disrespectful, offensive behavior in our culture. The individual is no longer employed by COMCAST.” When asked how COMCAST made its determination to fire Kovalic and what specific behavior led to the company’s decision, a spokesperson said they could not comment on the situation beyond the statement. Calls made to a cell phone number associated with Kovalic, whose since-deleted LinkedIn profile said he had been working for Comcast as a communications technician since 2008, were not immediately returned.
COMCAST has, of course, the right to hire and fire anyone it wants. It’s a private company. And, we don’t condone any organization, like Proud Boys, that supports violence. That being said.. There are certainly some First Amendment freedom of assembly eyebrow-raising questions that need to be asked. After all, Black Lives Matter calls for violence against cops. Just Google some YouTube videos if you don’t believe that. And, I’m sure there are BLM members that work at COMCAST. Would they be fired if they were identified by the Media Mobilizing Project, or some other liberal rabble-rousing activist group? Probably not. And, that’s where COMCAST could potentially find itself in a sticky legal situation. We’ll keep an eye on this developing story.. For more, click on the text above.