ESPN Suspends Host Over LeBron James Billboard
It hasn't been a great summer for ESPN hosts.
ESPN has announced that Dan Le Batard — host of the ESPN2 show Highly Questionable and the ESPN Radio show The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz — has been suspended for two days for putting up a Miami billboard that mocks NBA star LeBron James. Both of Le Batard's shows air daily.
"Dan Le Batard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday," reads a statement ESPN released to The Hollywood Reporter. "His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN's standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance."
The billboard, which features a photo of the two championship rings that James won during his recently completed tenure with the Miami Heat, includes the message: "You're welcome, LeBron."
James, who spent the past four seasons with the Heat, announced on July 11 that he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent the first seven years of his career.
This disciplinary action comes just over a week after ESPN announced its weeklong suspension of First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith. Smith had made comments on his show about NFL player Ray Rice's two-game suspension for domestic violence.
This photo of the James billboard was posted to Twitter on August 6: