Dan Sileo calls three NFL free agents "monkeys''
Dan Sileo, the morning host on WDAE 620-AM, made national news Monday when he referred to three NFL free agents as "monkeys.'' The three players are African-Americans.
The comment came as Sileo and his producer were talking on the air about the possibility of free agents Cortland Finnegan, Vincent Jackson and Jonathan Vilma coming to Tampa Bay. Sileo, who is white, seemed excited about those players possibly joining the Bucs and said, "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 did not return messages left for him Monday night, but WDAE program director Steve Versnick released a statement that said: "WDAE would like to apologize for Dan Sileo's ill-chosen on-air remarks earlier this week. He absolutely meant no disrespect to the players and he is sincerely embarrassed and upset that his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken as hateful, disrespectful, or in any way racist. Dan and the station regret any offense to the players; to the Bucs organization; and to the people of the Tampa Bay community.''
Sileo hosted his radio show as usual Tuesday morning.