Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
It didn’t take long for SportsTime Ohio to respond to the arrest of Chuck Galeti over the weekend.
The regional sports net, which was bought by Fox Sports at the end of last year, released a statement Monday afternoon dealing with the situation.
“We have suspended production of Chuck’s Last Call until further notice. We will respect the ongoing legal process and have no additional comment at this time,” the whole of the release read.
Parma police arrested Galeti for driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to display his license, according to reports. It’s not the first time that he’s had issues with alcohol. In 2003, he spent time in jail after a car accident and attendance in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation program.
Galeti has seemingly had nine lives when it comes to career chances. He’s worked at Channel 3 (WKYC), WTAM (1100 AM), Channel 19 (WOIO), leaving that position, he said, because he was tired of standing outside of locker rooms waiting for athletes, according to a Plain Dealer report.
But after the success of Bruce Drennan’s All Bets Are Off, STO took a chance on Galeti’s ironically titled talker that followed Cleveland Indians games during baseball season and aired at 10 p.m. out of season.
The reactions on Galeti’s Facebook page have ranged from supportive to terse.
“I feel terrible for you and your loved ones to experience a relapse. Start again. One day at a time. Love, love, love you and sending my prayers for you to heal,” wrote an Eastlake fan.
But others were concerned about the consequences of his alleged actions.
“Get yourself the help you need before you kill what is left of your career and your life,” wrote another from Lyndhurst.
What could be a telling sign is the fact that the STO link to Chuck’s Last Call appears to be scrubbed from the Fox Sports Ohio website, that or it's broken.