Real Salt Lake has reinstated the press credentials for controversial Salt Lake Tribune columnist Gordon Monson, and although this doesn’t directly end the flare-up between the Salt Lake Tribune (and, indeed, sports media across the nation) and the club, it does provide a bit of closure in the matter.
In a press release from the club, RSL’s chief business officer, Andy Carroll, said Monson’s press credentials were reinstated as per league policy.
At the behest of Major League Soccer and in accordance with league policy, Real Salt Lake has reinstated media access and related privileges to The Salt Lake Tribune columnist.
That’s not the most exciting of press releases, but that’s what we have. The flare-up lasted only a few days, with the Tribune announcing on Saturday that they would be “reducing” their Real Salt Lake coverage while the issue was ongoing.
The original release from Carroll is below, and it states the reasoning for the withdrawal of Monson’s credentials.
As most soccer media across the country will tell you, this was all highly unusual and not indicative of anyone’s direct experience with Real Salt Lake’s communications department. I can add confirmation to that, as the club has been accommodating in every interaction I’ve had with them.
Obviously, this doesn’t end any concerns people had about Dell Loy Hansen’s interactions with the media, but this chapter, at least, has come to a close.