The Washington Post suspended sports columnist Mike Wise for one month for intentionally tweeting false information.
"My bosses at the Post feel I need a month to think about the severity of my actions," Wise said at the beginning of his Washington, D.C., radio show on Tuesday morning.
Wise tweeted on Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would reduce Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s six-game suspension to five games. He later tweeted that he couldn’t "reveal his sources."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with Roethlisberger later this week to discuss a possible reduction of the suspension, but no decision has been announced.
After the tweet was picked up by various sources, Wise admitted that it was a hoax.
"I tried to showcase the absurdity of bad journalism," Wise said Tuesday. "I could give you 10 reasons why I did this and what went wrong in the execution. I made a horrendous mistake, using my Twitter account that identifies me as a Washington Post columnist."
"I’m paying the price I should for careless, dumb behavior," Wise added.