The Salt Lake Tribune’s statement on columnist Robert Kirby

FILE - This April 20, 2016, file photo shows copies of The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The Salt Lake Tribune has suspended columnist Robert Kirby without pay for three months effective immediately.

After researching multiple complaints, we found that Kirby’s conduct has not been in compliance with Tribune policy. However, we’re implementing steps to prevent this behavior in the future. We believe that Kirby’s agreement to suspend employment, undergo coaching and attend training reflects his sincere commitment to change. He has been an important contributor to The Tribune, and we believe he can be again.

“I’m profoundly sorry that my actions have offended people in the community,” Kirby said. “I have a lot of work to do in understanding the pain I have caused. After discussing my conduct with Tribune management, I am more aware of the consequences of my actions and I will be undergoing training and counseling to become a better person.”

During its 147-year history, The Tribune has strived to hold itself and others to the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for the truth.

We will continue to do so.