ESPN suspends Dan Le Batard for LeBron billboard

L.A. Times

Don't troll LeBron James in Cleveland with billboards if you work for ESPN.

Dan Le Batard, a Miami Herald columnist and ESPN television and radio host, was suspended for two days after the “world-wide leader” learned he funded a billboard in the city saying “You’re welcome LeBron. Love Miami.”

“Dan Le Batard will be off the air for two days, returning Monday,” ESPN announced in a statement Thursday, according to USA Today. “His recent stunt does not reflect ESPN’s standards and brand. Additionally, we were not made aware of his plans in advance.”

James left Cleveland following the 2009-10 season, announcing that he would be joining the Miami Heat to pursue his first NBA title with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in a heavily criticized TV special called “The Decision.”

James won back-to-back titles in Miami as the Heat made the NBA Finals each of his four years in South Beach.

He became a free agent again following last season’s defeat in the finals to the San Antonio Spurs and quietly, by comparison, announced his decision to return home to Cleveland to win a title for his hometown team.

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