The New Yorker has fired its sports columnist after he wrote a scathing article critical of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s anti-drug policy.
The Times has also removed its former sports editor, Jim Brady, for violating editorial standards, according to a report by The Associated Press.
The paper says it will no longer use the headline “Mayor Bill deBlasio Is A Bad Boy,” and will instead use the words “Drug Policy Kills.”
The Times says Brady violated a standard of good taste and professionalism, while the Times has said he violated an ethical standard of impartiality.
“The Times has decided to remove its contributor from its sports staff, effective immediately, and is conducting a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding his departure,” the paper said in a statement.
Brady, who joined the paper in 2004, has written for the Times since 2010.
His most recent column was published last month.
Brady was a co-author of a 2014 book about the drug war called “Drug War: How America is Winning.”
The book has become a best-seller.
Brady resigned from the Times in May.
In the article, Brady wrote that de Blasio has “the most liberal drug policy of any mayor in New York State.”
He called the mayor a “lackluster, ineffective mayor.”
He also criticized de Blasio for signing the city’s drug ban into law.
He said the drug policy would “kill people,” and the Times should have stood up against it.
Brady said he had hoped to get a job at the Times but was not hired.
The New Republic is publishing the Times article, which ran on Wednesday.
In an interview on Tuesday, Brady said the Times had fired him after it learned he had written a column critical of de Blasio and his administration.
He says he is looking to return to the paper, but says it is too soon to say whether he will be able to do so.
“I have a lot of work to do, and the first thing I’ve got to do is sit down and think about what I’m going to do,” Brady said.
Brady has written extensively about the citys drug policy.
He also wrote a book about New York’s drug war, which was published in June.
The author told The New Post that Brady was “a decent guy, a great sports writer, a terrific writer, and I admire him for it.”
“I would hope that the Times will take that seriously,” he said.
The newspaper’s editorial board, led by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman, said in an email to The Associated Images that Brady violated the newspaper’s standard of fair-mindedness and impartiality and said he did so because of the Times’ coverage of drug policy and his position on drug use.
“His words and conduct were in direct opposition to the standards of good sportsmanship that we expect of our columnists, and we will work with the Times to make amends,” Friedman said.