ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard made headlines last week when he criticized President Trump for the “send her back” chants his supporters directed at Representative Ilhan Omar during a political rally on Wednesday.
In his on-air rebuke of Trump, Le Batard also took shots at his employer, calling ESPN’s policy “cowardly” because it directs employers to only speak about politically related topics through the lens of sports.
“We here at ESPN don’t have the stomach for the fight,” Le Batard said. “We don’t talk about what is happening unless there is some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through.”
While Le Batard was back on the air Friday and doesn’t appear to have been disciplined by the Worldwide Leader for his comments, a report from the Associated Press indicates that ESPN sent out a company reminder to its employees reiterating its policy about political commentary.
ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network’s policy to avoid talking about politics unless it intersects with sports after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this week.
The reminder went out Friday to all employees, including Le Batard, according to an ESPN employee who spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the person was not authorized to speak publicly about personnel matters.
We’ll see this week if Le Batard ultimately will face any sort of punishment for his statements and his open criticism of his employer.
He is slated to be back on the air tomorrow morning.