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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gotstyle ensnared in Jose Bautista Sportsnet controversy

gotstyle devon travisFor more than three months, the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista hasn't participated in a single one-on-one interview with Sportsnet, the team's official broadcaster (Rogers Communications owns both the Jays and Sportsnet). The reason? A dapper blue Ted Baker suit.

In May, Jays rookie Devon Travis participated in a makeover segment on Sportsnet wherein anchor Hazel Mae helped him upgrade his wardrobe at popular local menswear shop Gotstyle.

Travis apparently paid for his new clothes out of pocket. And now, Bautista is standing up for his teammate. The right fielder is refusing to speak with Sportsnet until the network pays for the garments or hands Travis an equivalent Gotstyle gift card, notes the Toronto Star.

Gotstyle detailed the segment on its blog a few months back, and now many are taking to social media urging the store to cover the cost of Travis's new suit.

We reached out to Gotstyle owner Melissa Austria for comment, but as of publication time we've yet to hear back. They've also been eerily silent on social media and have thus far neglected to make any statement on the matter.

As the Star article notes, this whole situation suggests a murky ethical dilemma over who should pay for Travis's clothing. Some, such as Bautista, insist it's unfair for Travis to fork over cash since the segment was Sportnet's idea. Others, however, argue it's journalistically unsound for Sportsnet to foot the bill.

Here's a roundup of some of the Twitter chatter regarding this whole suit debacle.

Who do you think should pay for Travis's sartorial makeover? Let us know in the comments.

by Amy Grief via blogTO

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