Radio Host Sues L.A. Angels For Alleged Racism

By Marcus Vanderberg 

Radio host David Smith filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Angels, claiming he was fired allegedly for racial reasons, according to Reuters:

“In a complaint filed in California Superior Court earlier this month, David Smith alleged that the Angels Baseball Foundation rigged a singles promotion to ensure a black woman did not win and that Angels employees regularly made racist remarks.

Smith claimed that the Angels did not allow another employee on a radio show because he sounded “too black” and “too ghetto” for an Orange County audience. His complaint also stated that co-workers said negative results were to be “expected when a Jew is hired as baseball’s commissioner.”

VP of Communications for the Angels, Tim Mead, said that the team “vehemently disagreed with David’s allegations” and that it would stand by its track record.

A lawyer for Smith, who is seeking a variety of unspecified damages, refused to offer further details about the allegations but said that more would be added in a forthcoming amended complaint.”

Smith was fired in the summer of 2009. He worked on morning and afternoon sports talk shows and on the Angels pre-game show.