Dan Le Batard’s Emotional Reaction as Cuban Protester Is Arrested During ESPN’s SportsCenter

By Chris Ariens 

ESPNCubaESPN Radio host Dan Le Batard broke down on his show this morning, which is simulcast on Fusion, after playing a clip from SportsCenter. Bob Ley was broadcasting live from Havana in the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter when several Cuban dissidents threw several pamphlets in the air.

“A gentleman jumped up next to me, and began yelling,” Ley said. “What was amazing was the speed of the police response. There were three marked cars that came literally out of nowhere, and a number of these pamphlets thrown up in the air. One dissident was taken off, police restraining him by the neck and the police immediately scooping up all the pamphlets.”

Le Batard, whose parents are Cuban immigrants, got choked up thinking about what might now happen to that dissident: “Lord knows how long that dude is going to be rotting in a Cuban prison for throwing some papers up in the air,” he said, adding, “Have I ever cried on radio?”