Dan Le Batard unleashed on 790 the Ticket management yesterday during the tail end of his radio show’s local hour and there’s some uncertainty over whether the Miami-exclusive hour will continue in the future or if Le Batard will be a part of it.
It was sourced from station management telling the show not to talk about a story in the Miami Herald (after they already interviewed the author in the previous segment) that was about a Miami woman who is headed to prison for an illegal penis surgery(!) that left the man with “mangled” genitalia.
“This, right now might go to the morning show or might go to music and stuff because we’ve got someone locally already doing what Mike was fearing nationally, which is threatening to yank us off the air if we play it and what I’m telling you is that I value things more around here — and I love you guys, love you guys, and we’re in the morning now because of you guys… Nothing matters to me more than you don’t control what comes out of my mouth and we’ve got someone going crazy locally right now saying they’re gonna yank us off the air if we continue to talk about this and what I’m telling you right now is fire me. Not only never do that again but fire me now if you want to control me that way.”
“I don’t want to get up at 9 o’clock in the morning, man. I’m doing this for Miami and I’m doing this for 790 the Ticket. Yank me off the air now. Fire me now. Cancel my contract, NOW. You can have your money and you can have your 9 o’clock hour and I can get my sleep because this is infuriating. This isn’t even happening nationally, this is happening locally… you do not control what comes out of my mouth. You’re threatening to take me off the air because I’m talking about a story that was in the Miami Herald? Man, get the hell out of here …
“This is what my parents fled. You will not control this. No you will not. Money doesn’t matter to me. Man, I love you guys. I don’t want to be up at this hour and now you’re saying you’re gonna control what I say at this hour when I’m doing it for you? I’m doing it from 9 to 10 for you, man, so that you can have our show. I did this show FOR FREE locally because of how much Miami matters to me. You have to be bleepin’ kidding, man.”
Exec producer Mike Ryan even said on-air that ESPN management gave them the okay to air the interview about the mangled penis later during the national show.
Have we seen the last of Dan Le Batard on the local hour? Possibly but highly unlikely, because without him, and this is meant with no disrespect to the rest of the incredibly talented pieces of the show both on and off the air, the interest would wane. However, if he were to quit, that’s another story.
Le Batard wasn’t on the show today but it apparently was due to a previously scheduled absence to attend show regular Pablo Torre’s wedding.
Listen to Dan’s full rant below and the interview they’re talking about at roughly the 13-minute mark here.