By Lewis Gould
Nats color commentator F.P. Santangelo has been absent from several recent Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) broadcasts, including Saturday’s game against the New York Yankees.
After being absent from MASN broadcasts during last weekend’s series vs the Miami Marlins, Santangelo returned to the booth for games vs the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday and Wednesday, but was removed from Thursday’s MLB Network/YouTube broadcast shortly before the game
Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports on Saturday that the Nationals and MASN “have been made aware of a sexual misconduct allegation” against Santangelo.
A 31-year-old woman told The Athletic that Santangelo “made an unwanted advance several years ago, ignored her when she repeatedly told him to stop, and sexually assaulted her.”
The Athletic reports that the woman anonymously posted allegations against Santangelo on Instagram that “caught the attention of the team and the network,” and that led to his absence from Nats broadcasts.
The 31-year-old woman who made the allegation, speaking to The Athletic on the condition of anonymity, said Santangelo made an unwanted advance several years ago, ignored her when she repeatedly told him to stop, and sexually assaulted her. She detailed her experience to The Athletic after submitting an anonymous Instagram post that caught the attention of the team and the network. Multiple people close to the situation confirmed MASN is aware of the Instagram posts and the allegations contained in those posts; those sources also confirmed that the allegations are the reason the 53-year-old Santangelo has not been on the air.