Sven Sundgaard has issued his first public statement since his firing by KARE 11, saying he "disputes my former employer's claims."
The meteorologist was fired on Friday for what the TV station called "continued violations" of its "news ethics," which came days after Sundgaard shared a post from a rabbi that referred to those protesting coronavirus Stay at Home orders as "Nazi sympathizers."
Late Tuesday, Sundgaard posted a message on his Facebook and Instagram pages, thanking followers for their outpouring of support since he left the station, since when a number of people on social media have been calling for a boycott of the NBC affiliate.
He only makes brief reference to his departure from the station, writing: "Many have asked me about KARE11’s post regarding my employment and separation from employment. Here's what I have to say about that for now: I disagree with and dispute my former employers claims and I am considering my options at this time."
Sundgaard, who had been with KARE 11 since 2006, said he is "especially grateful" to those who sent supportive messages to him in the several days since the station "publicly announced that it had parted ways with me - and then published its alleged reasons for doing so."
"Your overwhelming support has been incredible. Thanks to those that have been sharing advice and information with me. Please keep all of this coming - it really does help me get through the days in this strange and difficult time."
KARE 11 told BMTN it would not be providing any more details at this stage about the "continued violations" it referred to in its post announcing Sundgaard's departure.