Le Batard absent from radio show after assailing Trump, ESPN

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN’s Dan Le Batard was away from his radio show Monday after attracting attention for criticizing President Donald Trump’s racist tweets and his network’s policy of avoiding politics unless it involved sports.

There was no explanation for his absence. ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys declined comment, and a message was left seeking comment from Le Batard.

An ESPN employee says it was Le Batard’s choice to take the day off and this was not a disciplinary action. The employee was not authorized to speak publicly about personnel matters and spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press.

Le Batard spoke last week following Trump’s racist tweet about four Democratic congresswomen, and a subsequent rally where supporters chanted “send her back” in reference to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. The sports radio host called Trump’s attacks “un-American.’

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ESPN is sensitive about wading into politics since former anchor Jemele Hill attracted notice nearly two years ago for tweets about Trump and the protests by athletes against the national anthem.

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