It has been 15 days of silence since WWL Radio tweeted from their official Twitter account calling radio host Seth Dunlap a “fag.”
In that time, neither Entercom or WWL Radio has provided any evidence to the public or to Dunlap regarding their supposed “ongoing investigation” into the incident. Speculation has been rampant on social media, with some even suggesting that it was Dunlap himself who sent the tweet in order to stir controversy.
In a statement made via his lawyer today, Dunlap revealed that he voluntarily submitted to a polygraph administered by a certified and licensed expert polygraph examiner in order to put those rumors to rest. Those results, which have a 95 percent accuracy rate, show that Dunlap was truthful throughout the polygraph, and was not involved in any way in sending the offensive tweet.
In fact, the statement reveals, Dunlap is not one of the 14 employees at WWL Rado who have access to the station’s official Twitter account. Though Dunlap and his attorney have requested information about whether any of Entercom’s employees have similarly submitted to a polygraph test (either voluntary or mandatory), Entercom has refused to respond to the request.
“The fact that this expansive Pennsylvania corporation has provided absolutely no evidentiary update to us or the media relative to the status of their investigation in over two weeks since this tweet is concerning, and, quite frankly, suspicious,” the statement reads. “If Entercom is attempting to use the vast resources at its disposal during this time to create a narrative to avoid its own culpability by implicating any innocent employee, including Seth, we should all be outraged and there should be consequences.”
While the tweet itself was “egregious and shocking,” according to Keifer, it is unsurprising. Dunlap plans over the next several weeks to reveal the “appalling history of discrimination” he has experienced while working at WWL Radio for the past eight years. This is something Dunlap has alluded to before – both in his open letter to Drew Brees after Big Easy Magazine uncovered the quarterback’s relationship with anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family, and in his statement regarding his leave of absence. In the open letter, Dunlap described an incident in which his then-general manager asked why he was allowed to cover the Saints as an openly gay man, stating that it “would make players uncomfortable.”
“Once all of the evidence comes to light, the inescapable conclusion is that Entercom has allowed an anti-gay, bigoted, and hostile work environment to flourish and that Entercom, as well as its corporate lawyers, were aware of instances of homophobia and discrimination and did nothing to protect Seth or its LGBTQ+ employees.”
Dunlap and his lawyer are currently preparing a lawsuit and complaint that will discuss the many instances of discrimination he has faced in greater detail.
Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor whose work has also been featured in publications such as Wander N.O. More, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_