Mike Lupica Won’t Get In Trouble Over Obama Column, Says ESPN
ESPN won't take any disciplinary action against Mike Lupica after he wrote a column in Friday's New York Daily News that was highly critical of President Obama. Lupica hosts an ESPN radio show in New York and is a longtime panelist on its Sports Reporters program.
"He has a long-standing, pre-existing body of work outside of the sports realm which pre-dates his work on radio for us," said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz. "We were aware of that before we hired him for a local sports radio show in New York and he doesn't bring any of that content to our radio outlet."
In his Daily News column, Lupica charged Obama with not doing "very much" to help the struggling economy, and with being overly concerned with financing his upcoming re-election campaign while the nation struggles.
He also wondered if Occupy Wall Street protesters, who have angrily inhabited Lower Manhattan since September 17th, would soon focus their attention on the President.
It’s why you wonder if there will come a day when the house that Occupy Wall Street is standing in front of isn’t Jamie Dimon’s on Park Ave., it is the White House.
In short, Lupica's column was a very loud, very strong political opinion. And usually, ESPN doesn't like its talent making its loud and/or strong political opinions known.
But the fact that this opinion wasn't distributed through one of their outlets -- and they knew that Lupica had a history of writing politically charged columns -- apparently means that his leash is a bit longer.
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