Things appeared to have gotten heated in the Detroit Tigers broadcast booth on Tuesday night.
According to the The Athletic, the team’s longtime on-air broadcast team of Mario Impemba and Rod Allen gotten into a physical altercation after the Tigers-White Sox game on September 4th.
Via The Athletic
Multiple sources told The Athletic that neither Impemba nor Allen were part of Wednesday’s broadcast due to a physical altercation between the two television personalities following Tuesday’s game in Chicago against the White Sox. 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. 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.