Just days after ESPN placed one of its on-air personalities on suspension over controversial comments about domestic violence, a separate incident has led to the suspension of another ESPN host.
The cable network suspended host Dan Le Batard for two days for a stunt in which he put up an acerbic Miami billboard that was focused on NBA star LeBron James, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Le Batard, who hosts the ESPN2 show “Highly Questionable” and the ESPN Radio show “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” will return Monday, the network said.
“His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN’s standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance,” ESPN said in a statement.
The stunt involved a billboard with a photo of the two championship rings that James won while playing for the Miami Heat. It also included the words, “You’re welcome, LeBron.” The billboard disclosed that Le Batard, who lives in Miami, and his co-host, Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, paid for the ad.
James said last month that he would leave Miami to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he played earlier in his career.
The suspension comes after ESPN suspended analyst Stephen A. Smith over comments he made on-air about domestic violence in connection with NFL player Ray Rice, as previously reported.
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