Dan Le Batard Suspended by ESPN for LeBron Billboards

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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.

See also: "You're Welcome, LeBron - Love, Miami" Billboards Are Trolling Ohio

"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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Matthew Lunney
Matthew Lunney

It should be Miami thanking him, not the other way around

Felix Castellanos
Felix Castellanos

People when a conpany as big as ESPN gets heat for what of their employees they have to do something about it.

Viviana Otero
Viviana Otero

Of course not! Because all the Heat haters were crying about it!!!!!

Hazzy ThatsMe
Hazzy ThatsMe

I don't agree with suspension.. Freedom of speech and on top of it he didn't say anything wrong!

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

They're so up LBJ's ass.... Dude is a fraud and Dan is pointing it out

Star Ramos
Star Ramos

Bullshit ! ESPN needs to loosen up!! #TeamLeBatard I will no longer listen to that #BoringAssShow until they come back !

Wilfredo Sosa
Wilfredo Sosa

Seriously ESPN, if it's not your money. Why are you mad?! Guess they forgot the bill of rights... ;)

Hernan Valverde
Hernan Valverde

Freedom of speech? He paid with his own money! Espn and corporate america are the death of creativity!!

Eric Sechrist
Eric Sechrist

Comic Sans?!?...that alone is worth the suspension.

Victor Moore
Victor Moore

It news because he not a man hes a super star who in a pussy that for once in your life be a man and just say thanks o my bad he got to write a essay lol.

Victor Moore
Victor Moore

Steve told me he came to espn crying about his moma have to see that.lol

Victor Moore
Victor Moore

Got dam they need to stop holding his hand steve said that y he ack like a lil bicth now and he can't never give u a straight answer because they hold his hand .

Mercy Suarez
Mercy Suarez

Nothing wrong with the billboard...it's true, after all...how many championships did James win with Cleveland? Whatever...it's going to be an interesting season...

Franklyn Astacio
Franklyn Astacio

This is bullshit fuck ESPN. When people talked shit about the Heat when Lebitch was in our team it was open season but when it Akron you can't even fart their way. ESPN has it for anything Miami Fl. The hell with ESPN.

Gabriel Veg
Gabriel Veg

I found his stunt hilarious. Go Dan!

Ariel Ramos
Ariel Ramos

F' all them stinking stinkin hypocritical liberals in the media!

Jorge Rodriguez
Jorge Rodriguez

Really ESPN But you rehired Jim Rome twice And that girl that thought was Better then the mothership The one that told Aaron Rodgers she was thirsty But got poor SAS got suspended! Hey Lebatard I have the oppurtunity to have meet you. Yeah your a d-bag but this your right! And we are runnjng with you!

Carlos Carles
Carlos Carles

Just what exactly is the crime here? The only crime here is that football can't come fast enough so the idiot media can stop with the nonsense.

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

Freeeom of speech in your off work hours, I don't think so!

Stefan Ahrens
Stefan Ahrens

As if there are no other important issues to worry about. Where is Freedom of Speech coming in and most likely Cavs fans burning the sign down anyways after already practicing with Jerseys a while back.

Jeff Shope
Jeff Shope

ESPN is always suspending somebody for something they are a joke

Marvin Boyd
Marvin Boyd

espn is such hypocrits. they bash and ridicule people to no end and suspend people for virtually nothing. the stephan a suspension was so bad because just over a month ago espn was running the question of who would win in a fight ronda rousy or mayweather. stephan a. says its not a good idea because its not ok for a man to hit a woman and that its a no win situation for floyyd to the point that he cant even respond to the oiginal comments without being made the bad guy.

Christopher Milark
Christopher Milark

What happened to freedom of speech just hoes to show you Lebron is about him period that's why he'll never stand up to bird ,magic , and Jordan. .

Derrick Gabriel
Derrick Gabriel

1st Stephan A , now this. ESPN is out of control. Flood there email with complants !!!

Maribel Campa
Maribel Campa

He needs to thank us he would have zero rings lol and now he's stuck with two for ever because with that train wreck in Cleveland that's all he will ever get

Chris Jones
Chris Jones

ESPN is dumb for "not knowing". He talked about

guydinglite
guydinglite

Wow! That was thoughtful and original!  Did you come up with that all on your own?  You should be like on TV or radio!  
Miami the city and The Heat thanked King James profusely.

You're just a hater who is blinded by prejudice against some confused subjective alternate hate universe.

Thanks for the relevant comment on a little harmless joke that does not compare to the grotesque inhumane treatment LeBron got from Cleveland fans and that racist owner when he decided to join a winning organization.

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