ESPN 'looking into' Dan Dakich situation after broadcaster called out for comments made on social media, radio
ESPN broadcaster Dan Dakich appears to be in some hot water right now. Recent comments made by the basketball broadcaster have led him to deactivate his Twitter account and ESPN now says it is looking into the situation.
It all started with Jalen Johnson’s departure from Duke basketball. Dakich saw a tweet from Duke academic lecturer Nathan Kalman-Lamb criticizing some basketball media members’ response to the Johnson situation. This led to a heated back-and-forth between Dakich and Johnson and another academic, Dr. Johanna Mellis, an assistant professor at Ursinus College and host of a podcast on sports and labor issues.
Dakich then took the conversation from Twitter to his radio show on Wednesday. Documentation of the radio comments by Awful Announcing and Chatham-Kent Sports Network show Dakich may have crossed a line with ESPN:
“I had somebody come at me. Buncha academics last night,” Dakich said. “Two guys and a lady, right? Two guys and a lady came at me. And they said, ‘well, you’re yelling at student-athletes while they’re being exploited’ or something, and I said, look, maybe, but I…I was in the arena and you guys were sitting outside bitching. Now, remember, it was two girls…two men and one lady. Guess what that got called? Sexist. (Laughs) Be careful. I didn’t even realize, I just said bitching because it’s what people do. It’s what everybody does, everybody just bitches. But that’s sexist apparently because I said bitching and a lady was in the conversation. And I said outside the arena, and then she wanted to, quote, go at in the pool. Well, if you go at it in a pool, that’s a public place and then I’m gonna have to get divorced, and then it’s just gonna be a problem.”
As detailed in Ian Kennedy on CKSN.ca, Dakich then started “doxxing Kalman-Lamb by physically spelling out his last name to listeners and repeatedly discussing his office hours in a hostile manner.” Dakich also referred to him as a “d-bag” while launching into a discussion about how athletic coaches are better than professors because they have more “office hours.”
The pool comments and targeting Kalman-Lamb while revealing details of how to reach him, considered doxxing by some, prompted more criticism of Dakich. On Sunday, it was found that Dakich’s Twitter account has been deactivated.
An ESPN spokesperson also released a statement to multiple outlets, including USA TODAY, stating, “We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of looking into it.”