O’Sullivan apologizes, McGrory says mistake not to name him

Former Globe reporter says 'no excuse' for his behavior

On Thursday evening, CommonWealth received the statement below from former Boston Globe reporter Jim O’Sullivan shortly after the Globe posted online a note to readers from editor Brian McGrory in which he said it was a mistake for the paper not to have named O’Sullivan in its December 8 story on sexual harassment issues at media outlets. The story reported that a Globe reporter had been pressured into resigning after allegations of impropriety were brought to the paper’s attention, but it did not name him. On Monday, CommonWealth published a story detailing information reporter Jack Sullivan gathered on the issue and named O’Sullivan.

 

STATEMENT FROM JIM O’SULLIVAN

I’m sorry for my behavior. I apologize to everyone, most particularly anyone who suffered as a result. I did not live up to the examples set for me, or the lessons I learned during my upbringing, education, and career.

There is no excuse.

I also apologize for the pain and embarrassment I have caused to my family and friends, my colleagues at the Globe, and my contacts on Beacon Hill.

Finally, I am sorry my actions triggered criticism of the Globe, one of Boston’s great institutions, and its leaders.

I have a lot of work ahead to regain everyone’s trust, but hope that over time, my words and actions will achieve that.