Dan Sileo Fired From Sports Talk Radio for Putting Bounty on FSU Player

Image: Dan Sileo Fired From Sports Talk Radio for Putting Bounty on FSU Player Dan Sileo, left, and Devonta Freeman.

Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 08:53 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Dan Sileo, a former Miami Hurricane defensive lineman who briefly played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, lost his job this week with the sports talk radio station WMEN 640-AM after tweeting a $1,000 bounty on the head of Florida State Seminoles' running back Devonta Freeman.

Sileo wrote, "$1000 BUCKS!!!!......NEVER LET ANYBODY DO THIS AGAIN..LOSING IS ONE THING!!...NOT LIKE THIS #JUSTICE."

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Sileo's second tweet read, "in 6 weeks…I will PAY A $1000 BUCKS to ANY @hurricanesports PLAYER to TAKES KID OUT #MHFREEMAN."

Sileo soon after deleted the tweets. However, it was too late; the damage had already been done, and the tweets were preserved by the fan website TomahawkNation.com.

The tweets were in response to Saturday's crushing defeat of the Miami Hurricanes by FSU Seminole who won 41-14. During the game, Freeman mocked the Hurricanes by making a "U" hand gesture that is supposed to be reserved for Miami players.

In an apparent attempt to reverse his course, Sileo tweeted that his prior posts was merely a joke.


Sileo then tweeted about the importance of sportsmanship in the game.


Despite his attempt to rectify the situation, Sileo was fired by WMEN 640-AM as of Monday afternoon, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

On Monday, the radio station released a statement concerning Sileo's termination.

"As a result of Dan Sileo's action on his personal twitter account on November 3, 2013, 640 WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station," the station said. "The ownership, staff and management of WMEN-640 do not condone his actions which have no place in sports."

The firing is Sileo's second this year and third in the past 20 months, the Sun-Sentinel noted.

In March, Sileo was released from his contract by WQAM-560 AM after several meltdowns on-air and on Twitter, including a sexist tweet toward Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews.

One year earlier, Sileo was fired from Tampa's WDAE-AM after calling three black NFL free agents "monkeys."

On Monday, Sileo posted a series of Tweets compiled by the Sun-Sentinel that read:

"Let me start this TWEET by saying I am SHOCKED over the BACKLASH over a TWEET I made concerning an FSU player over the WEEKEND...It has been GREAT being at 640..BUT at this time it is BEST I part ways with 640..I offered 3 times on SUNDAY to resign..BUT..all the backlash..its NOT good for BOTH parties....My family has DEATH THREATS from some @FSU_Football FANS and I even kept my daughter home from school today. VERY SAD society we live in..when somebody ACTUALY [sic] thinks I would want another kid hurt..AWFUL....BUT..DEATH THREATS ARE REAL."

"I understand my comment was OVER the TOP and 640 is right to protect there station...GREAT SUCCESS to them...But I felt the FSU PLAYER was PUSHING the U sign in my schools face...VERY disappointing to know the University of Miami lead the charge in this!! a school I BLEED for and WON for..I am TREATED LIKE A DOG by them..JUST like the MIRAS they have [EXPLETIVE] ON."

"My family and I are in hidding..PLEASE RESPECT our PRIVACEY [sic]....I have hired a PRIVATE COP and He is ARMED..THANK U..GO CANES"

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