The BBC refused to publish the podcast of Monday night’s Sportsound programme after pundit Michael Stewart made false claims about The Daily Record .
The former Hearts and Hibs player inaccurately claimed during the edition that this newspaper had published a story reporting the brakes of Alfredo Morelos’ car had been tampered with.
Those claims were published by another newspaper, not The Daily Record .
Last week we told our readers police were investigating claims by Morelos that the striker had found a man trying to access the underside of his car. This was confirmed by police.
There was no mention of brakes being tampered with – either in our initial online story or in our print version that was published the following day.
Stewart wrongly claimed we had been ‘fed’ the story. Considering we didn’t publish the story in the first place, we can only assume Stewart believes the newspaper who actually published this line, were also ‘fed’ it.
After our initial story about the police probe our sister paper – The Sunday Mail – revealed a private investigator had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Our stories – without any mention of brakes being tampered with...
Police have been told the individual arrested was hired by Morelos’ wife Yesenia to attach a tracking device to his car in order to keep tabs on her husband.
The investigator was interviewed by officers in the presence of a solicitor advocate and charged with breach of the peace.
A source said: “He was worried about the things being said between fans online, particularly the idea that someone was attempting to harm Morelos by cutting his brakes.
“After taking legal advice, he thought the best thing to do was hand himself into police and give his side of the story.
“He has told officers he is a professional investigator who was hired by Morelos’s wife.
“The police thanked him for coming in and taking this responsible step.”
Stewart also went on to criticise Rangers PR chief Jim Traynor on the programme.
The Daily Record has contacted the BBC but we are still awaiting a response.