Miami Radio Host Fired For Bounty On FSU Player
Former Hurricanes player and controversial radio personality Dan Sileo was fired for the third time in 20 months after placing a $1,000 bounty on a Florida State player after the Seminoles beat Miami, 41-14, on Saturday.
The since-deleted tweet included a photo purportedly of Timmy Jernigan appearing to make a "U" with his hands. Jernigan also may have taunted running back Duke Johnson after the play in which Johnson broke his ankle, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.
Sileo's tweet, interspersed with all caps, announced he'd pay the money to any Miami player who "TAKES THIS KID OUT" in a potential ACC championship game rematch Dec. 7.
After receiving criticism, Sileo deleted the tweet and suggested it was a joke, but that didn't prevent the former Miami defensive lineman from losing his job.
WMEN 640-AM executive producer Marc Eisenberg released the following statement:
As a result of Dan Sileo's action on his personal Twitter account on November 3, 2013, WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station. The ownership, staff and management of WMEN 640 Sports do not condone his actions, which have no place in sports.
Sileo later took to Twitter (with plenty of capital letters) to claim he and his family have received death threats and hired an armed security guard.
Tallahassee Democrat sports editor Ira Schoffel, reacting to the original bounty tweet, fired off a tweet of his own early Sunday.
Does Sileo think he's placing a bounty on Jernigan or Freeman? Either way, he's as big of a tool as we all thought he was.
Sileo was a member of the 1986 team that to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl and has a history of controversy. He also lost a job at WQAM 560-AM in March for, among other things, tweeting sexist remarks about Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews and was fired another time for referring to black NFL free agents as "monkeys."
If you still needed proof that some, particularly in sports talk radio, believe controversy sells and value it above anything else, here it is.