Miami radio host and writer Dan Le Batard and his dad don’t give up easily. The Le Batards, bitter at LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland, tried to troll James with this ad in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and the Akron Beacon-Journal.
Both papers refused the ad due to allegiance to their hometown hero. But not everyone in Cleveland is above the Le Batards’ money – the father and son managed to place the ad on a billboard in James’ hometown of Akron.
The Le Batards insist the ad was not meant to be mean-spirited – a light hearted stunt is what they called it – but there are probably plenty of angry people in Akron right now.
The billboards earned Le Batard a two-day suspension from his radio show.
ESPN has removed Dan Le Batard from the air for 2 days;it is upset with his radio show taking out "You're Welcome LeBron"billboards inCleve. — Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 7, 2014
... An ESPN statement says Le Batard's "recent stunt does not reflect ESPN's standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware..." — Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 7, 2014
... of his plans in advance. Le Batard said all of this was "meant in fun. it's just fun anarchy." He returns to TV and radio show Monday. — Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 7, 2014