ESPN was busy reassuring employees Friday that its policy against talking about politics on the air remains in force after Dan Le Batard, an ESPN TV and radio personality, violated the policy but remained on the air without any apparent disciplinary measures taken, The New York Post reports.
Le Batard ripped the ESPN policy during a rant triggered by Donald Trump’s supporters chanting “Send her back” about Somalian refugee-turned-American citizen Rep. Ilhan Omar. You can see his commentary on his radio show in the clip below.
“ESPN officials were spreading the word through the media Friday that nothing has changed in terms of the policy under which it only wants its commentators to delve into politics when it intersects with sports,” The Post reports, adding: “Le Batard, the son of Cuban immigrants, went directly after the sports network that pays him millions and pointed a finger — without naming names — at ESPN’s president, Jimmy Pitaro.”
The report adds: “While sources say Pitaro and Le Batard have had several conversations, Le Batard remained on the air, and ESPN’s main goal seems to be to try to keep any media storm to a minimum. ESPN declined to say if there was any financial punishment.”
Here’s the clip …