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Calgary radio host suspended after Rider 'death' comment

A Calgary sports radio host has been suspended after saying on-air that he wished four Saskatchewan football players would die in a plane crash before a key game against Calgary this weekend.
Calgary sports radio personality Dean (Boomer) Molberg apologized for saying he hoped the Saskatchewan Roughriders' plane would crash and four of the players die (Troy Fleece/Canadian Press)

A Calgary sports radio host has been suspended after saying on-air that he wished four Saskatchewan football players would die in a plane crash before a key game against Calgary this weekend.

Dean (Boomer) Molberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN has apologized and so has the station, saying it was a misguided attempt at humour.

The suspension was announced in a note on the station's website Friday.

The station is also offering to make a donation to the Saskatchewan Roughriders' charity of choice.

In 1956, four Roughriders were killed in a plane crash near Chilliwack, B.C.

This Sunday, the Roughriders will take on the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL's West Division semifinal.