Washington Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo was removed from the team’s broadcast against the Yankees on Saturday after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced in a report from The Athletic.
The 53-year-old announcer has been accused of making unwanted advances and sexually assaulting a woman, now 31, several years ago after she repeatedly told him to stop, per the report.
Santangelo, employed by Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), has denied the allegations.
The anonymous woman, who is not an employee of the Nationals, MASN or Orioles, first made the allegations in an Instagram post and then spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Athletic. She also claims the broadcaster sent “angry text messages” to her and blocked her on social media after their in-person interaction.
She is not seeking charges or a formal complaint or compensation, but wants to shed light on her experience and inform others about Santangelo’s behavior because he is such a well-known figure.
Santangelo, a former MLB player with the Expos, Giants, Dodgers and A’s, was hired as a color commentator by MASN in 2011. He has been removed from four of the last eight broadcasts, which all appear to be related to the allegations.
A Nationals spokesperson released a statement hours after the report in The Athletic surfaced:
“Late last week, we were made aware of allegations of conduct by F.P. Santangelo that are inconsistent with our values as an organization. We alerted MASN and revoked our approval of him as a member of our broadcast team. MASN assured us that they would investigate these allegations thoroughly. After MASN notified us that their investigation was complete and that F.P. should be reinstated, additional posts appeared. Once again, we notified MASN and revoked our approval of F.P. as a member of our broadcast team indefinitely. Moving forward, we will refer all questions regarding this investigation to F.P.’s employer, MASN.”
MASN also released a statement:
“MASN refers allegations concerning broadcasters who are former Major League Baseball players directly to Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations, as is appropriate under the circumstances. MASN followed that policy in this instance, previously apprising MLB of this matter such that the league might adequately review it. Those former Major Leaguers acting as on-air media analysts on the network appear only with the advice and consent of the clubs and MLB."