Channel Seven sports reporter Josh Massoud has reportedly been suspended from the network after he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a junior colleague.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Massoud told a rookie journalist he would “slit” his throat and “shit down” his throat.
B&T has contacted Seven regarding the allegations who declined to comment at this time.
Massoud, an ex-Telegraph journalist and rugby league specialist, apparently became infuriated when the 21-year-old cub journalist accidentally broke an embargo on Tuesday relating to “bad boy” NRL player Todd Carney.
Carney is presently training with the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville, however, wanted to transfer back to Sydney to be closer to his sick mother.
Following the story breaking on Seven’s digital sites it was quickly picked-up by other media companies despite the embargo.
According to the report, the incident left the junior reporter in tears while Massoud was also alleged to have abused a Seven producer, too.
Yesterday, Massoud fronted a Seven disciplinary board with a lawyer. Seven was represented by its HR team and its Sydney news director, Jason Morrison. Massoud is believed to have been stood down pending an internal investigation by Seven.
Morrison told Fairfax Media it is “a private matter at the moment.”
Massoud has reportedly apologised for the incident has not appeared on Seven for the past two days and did not appear for his usual spot on Thursday morning Big Sports Breakfast segment.