Rod Allen Had Mario Impemba in a Choke Hold –  Deadline Detroit

Mario Impemba (l) and Rod Allen

Update: 5:22 p.m. Thursday — Now come some juicy details.

Fox Sports announcer Rod Allen had fellow broadcaster Mario Impemba in a choke hold during a physical altercation after the White Sox game in Chicago on Tuesday night, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports, citing an anonymous source.

The fight had to be broken up by a co-worker.

It’s unclear what was at the root of the fight, but it began with a heated pre-game exchange, the News reports. 


Report From Thursday Afternoon 

You might not know it on the air, but it’s been no secret among those in the know that Fox Sports Detroit Tigers announcers Rod Allen and Mario Impemba are not fond of one another.

Following Tuesday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago, the tension escalated into a physical altercation, reports The Athletic, an online sports news site. 

Analyst Allen and play-by-play announcer Impemba were absent from Wednesday’s broadcast due to the physical altercation, The Athletic reports. Instead, Kirk Gibson and Matt Shepard did the broadcast.

The cause of the fight is not immediately clear, but the two have no love-loss for one another.


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