Dan Sileo, fired by Clear Channel in Tampa, lands at WQAM in Miami
Dan Sileo, the Clear Channel Radio host fired amid controversy over calling three black football players "monkeys" in a passing reference, has landed at WQAM in Miami, taking over for troubled personality Sid Rosenberg.
Rosenberg made headlines in South Florida last week after an arrest for Driving Under the Influence and driving with a suspended license. According to the Sun Sentinel newspaper, he was found by police at 2 a.m. "curled up on the ground behind his car in the middle of the road with his fingers in his mouth trying to induce vomiting, the arrest report stated."
Rosenberg originally gained fame as a controversial member of radio host Don Imus' on air team, saying African American tennis players Venus and Serena Williams would fit better in a National Geographic pictorial than in Playboy and using slurs to the refer to gay men and women on air.
He has also talked openly about his problems with addiction.
Sileo, who once played football for the University of Miami, took over for Rosenberg on Wednesday. His new job began less than a month after his firing March 13, after he noted on air that he was excited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might sign three African American free agent players, calling them "those three monkeys."
The full quote: ""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.''
Sileo has said he meant no insult by the comment and is not racist.