Dan Le Batard Suspended by ESPN for LeBron Billboards
No stranger to stirring shit up, Dan Le Batard has found himself in hot water once again after erecting a LeBron-trolling billboard in Akron, Ohio. USA Today's the Big Lead confirms ESPN has suspended Le Batard from his ESPN2 show for two days.
"Dan Le Batard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed the site. "His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN's standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance."
After an Ohio newspaper refused to let the Miami radio host and TV personality buy a full-page ad, he instead paid for a billboard in LeBron's hometown. "You're welcome, LeBron," the billboard read in Comic Sans font alongside a picture of two rings. "Love, Miami."
Reaction to the billboard was negative even in Miami, with many feeling it only made Heat fans look whiny and gloating instead of handling the situation maturely.
Up in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN didn't find the joke that funny either.
In related news: Coming off the heels of controversy for his remarks about domestic violence and women, Stephen A. Smith has just been rewarded with a new ESPN-produced national radio show.
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