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Coronavirus News: Sports Illustrated fired Grant Wahl after he complained about salary cuts, salaries | Instant News


Sports Illustrated has fired one of the highest paid writers after he complained about salary cuts related to the corona virus revealed by the magazine’s publisher last month.

Grant Wahl, one of the country’s leading soccer journalists, earns more than $ US350,000 ($ A550,000) a year but is hit by a 30 percent salary cut as part of last month’s cost cutting which included the shooting of 31 people in Maven, the magazine’s publisher since last fall, according to sources. Bloodshed resulted in about 6 percent of staff in SI being released.

Before his captain on Friday afternoon, Wahl had blasted management for cutting a series of Instagram posts in the last few days. Management responded, giving him a thank you in a memo circulated to the staff.

“We have decided to direct what should be this person’s salary into additional severance payments and health benefits for those who need it most,” said Jim Heckman, CEO of Maven, in a memo obtained by The Post.

“Complaining about cutting personal salaries when 31 others lose their jobs is incomprehensible given the sacrifices made by others to help limit layoffs and maintain decent salaries for our staff,” the memo said. “Attitudes like me were not part of the tradition and culture that Maven was committed to maintaining first.”

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