NBC News announced yesterday that they have suspended lead anchor and managing editor Brian Williams for six months without pay after it became known that he falsely reported events that he experienced while covering the Iraq War in 2003.
But it appears that Williams has other opportunities for work on the table as he leaves national news for half a year.
The Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League have prepared to offer the long time NBC Nightly News anchor a paid internship that covers the length of his suspension, according to the team’s official website.
In the internship, the Bluefish would rely on Williams to write game recaps for the team during the 2015 season and he will be paid a $500 monthly stipend for his work with the team. The internship would begin “immediately” upon Williams’ acceptance of the position.
Bluefish general manager Jamie Toole and many other members of the staff are fans of Williams and believe in second chances.
Bridgeport posted the worst record in the Atlantic League last season and they were also the only team to draw under 200,000 fans in 2014 but they’ll look to turn that around this upcoming season under the director of new manager Ricky VanAsselberg. Toole also seems to believe that the presence and reporting style of Williams can even help the team be more successful in the upcoming campaign, telling the team website, “our thought is to get Brian’s assistance in writing game reports following any Bluefish losses in 2015. With his reporting style, we may even win a few of those games.”
Relocation won’t be an issue in this case as Williams is currently a resident of New Canaan, Connecticut which is just a half hour drive away from the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, where the Bluefish play their home games.