The Carolina Panthers’ Spanish-language radio announcer, Luis Moreno Jr., did not return to the broadcast booth this season, a move he says was caused by his public support for President Donald Trump.
Moreno, a Mexican immigrant who in August became an American citizen, has been an open advocate for Trump and the QAnon conspiracy theory on his personal Twitter account since March.
“This has nothing to do with my performance on-air. This has nothing to do with how good I am at what I do,” Moreno told the Charlotte Observer.
Moreno has not previously been outspoken about politics. However, upon the start of quarantine in March, he began engaging with more political and pro-Trump content online, according to the Observer. He first expressed his support for the president publicly in April with a retweet from his personal twitter account.
The announcer was first contacted by Eric Fiddleman, the radio and television affiliate manager for the Panthers, after that April retweet. Fiddleman allegedly told Moreno the Panthers wanted him to remove any mentions of the team from his bios on his personal social media accounts. Moreno complied without incident, and a few weeks later