Comment In Septemberin their 17th season together, the voices of the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit were no longer on the air. According to several sources, including The Detroit Newsthe pair had a physical altercation during the game on September 4, in the booth at Guaranteed Rate Field. The pair had long been rumored to dislike working together and the rumors appeared to come true with the fight in the booth that day. The remaining games were covered by Matt Shepard and Kirk Gibson. Tigers fans are accustomed to excellence in the booth, both on TV and radio.
Getty Image Things appeared to have gotten heated in the Detroit Tigers broadcast booth on Tuesday night.
It is not immediately clear what prompted the attack. According to the accounts of those sources, there has been simmering tension between both Impemba and Allen and the clash of personalities ultimately boiled over on Tuesday night. Apparently there had been some bad blood brewing between the two for some time now.
According to the , there has been simmering tension between both Impemba and Allen and the clash of personalities ultimately boiled over on Tuesday night.
Sources said that Impemba and Allen have long been at odds with each other and that their distinctively different broadcasting styles reflect their chasm in personalities.
Print Detroit Tigers television announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have been suspended for the rest of the season after allegedly getting into a physical altercation earlier this week. Fox Sports Detroit announced the decision on Friday.
While it can work for lively on-air banter, it has often meant a much more contentious off-air relationship. Another person familiar with their relationship said that they had not seen eye-to-eye for a long time, but had managed to maintain a productive relationship, at least on air.
It is not clear whether there will be any discipline assessed for the incident, which one source said was broken up by a third party.
Of course Tigers fans had some jokes about the Impemba-Allen fight.