ESPN 'looking into' controversial comments made by college hoops analyst Dan Dakich


Dan Dakich is at it again and ESPN is “looking into” some of his latest controversial comments.

The college basketball analyst and former college basketball coach found himself in hot water last week after engaging in a Twitter exchange about student-athlete labor, particularly the decision of Duke freshman Jalen Johnson to leave the team and prepare for the NBA Draft.

Nathan Kalman-Lamb, a lecturing fellow at Duke, began posting tweets of media members critical of Johnson’s decision, which included Dakich.

Others entered the conversation and Dakich went back-and-forth with them as well, focusing on the main issue of student-athlete compensation.

Among those who engaged with Dakich on Twitter included sport-historian and scholar Dr. Johanna Mellis, co-host of “The End Of Sport” podcast which addresses “capitalist sport, labor, and justice” issues and a former collegiate swimmer.

Dakich claimed he had better knowledge and understanding of student-athletes because he was a former coach and “in the arena” and criticized those like Kalman-Lamb and Mellis as being on the outside, including one tweet that said Mellis was “b---ing” on the sidelines, which many perceived as sexist.

Dakich defended himself, saying the term was meant for all the people who were debating him.

Dakich further took his debate to his radio show on Wednesday where he continued to defend his use of the word “b----ing.”

“I had somebody come at me. Buncha academics last night,” he said. “Two guys and a lady, right? Two guys and a lady came at me. And they said, ‘well, you’re yelling at atudent-athletes while they’re being exploited’ or something, and I said, look, maybe, but … I was in the arena and you guys were sitting outside b----ing.

“Now, remember, it was two girls…two men and one lady. Gues what that got called? Sexist. [Laughs] Be careful. I didn’t even realize, I just said b----ing because it’s what people do. It’s what everybody does, everybody just b----es. But that’s sexist apparently…

“…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.”

Dakich also revealed the office hours of Kalman-Lamb and referred to him as a “d-bag.”

ESPN released a statement that they were “taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of looking into it.”

Dakich appeared to delete his Twitter account, too, only to reactivate on Sunday where he was still defensive.

This is not the first time Dakich has been the center of controversial comments.

In 2019, he was suspended for five days from his radio show on The Fan 93.5 and 107.5, an ESPN Radio affiliate in Indianapolis, for “failure to adhere to the journalistic principles valued by Emmis.”

In 2020, he called a high school basketball player a “meth head” and threatened to “beat the hell out of every school board member” after a coach was fired in Scottsburg, Indiana, which he said was a town full of “meth and AIDS and needles.”

ESPN did not publicly discipline him for those comments.

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