Dan Sileo Exits WDAE/Tampa
March 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM (PT)
A slip of the tongue has led to the depature of DAN SILEO from his longtime morning slot at CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDAE-A/TAMPA. The TAMPA BAY TIMES' ERIC DEGGANS reports that SILEO was let go TODAY after a remark on the air MONDAY (3/12) referring to three African-American football free agents as "those three monkeys."
DEADSPIN had reported MONDAY that SILEO, talking about free agents CORTLAND FINNEGAN, VINCENT JACKSON and JONATHAN VILMA possibly signing with the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, said, "If they get those three monkeys, I'm good! I'm ready, man. I'm ready. I want those guys. Those guys are great players."
After DEADSPIN's post, PD STEVE VERSNICK responded, "WDAE would like to apologize for DAN SILEO's ill-chosen on-air remarks earlier this week. He absolutely meant no disrespect to the players and he is sincerely embarrassed and upset that his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken as hateful, disrespectful, or in any way racist. DAN and the station regret any offense to the players; to the BUCS organization; and to the people of the TAMPA BAY community."
Despite the statement, SILEO exited TODAY after his show, and all mentions of his show have been erased from the WDAE web page. Late TUESDAY, SILEO posted on Twitter, "FOLKS ALL GOOD...It was time for me to Leave WDAE...We all had a Great Run!!"