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Radio host fired over bounty Tweet

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Dan Sileo, a former Miami Hurricanes football player and a radio talk show host, was fired by Miami radio station WMEN on Monday after he put out a bounty on a Florida State football player on Twitter.

Sileo posted a photo of Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan on his personal Twitter account with an offer of $1,000 to anyone who "takes this kid out."

After receiving critical responses to the Tweet, Sileo removed it. He later said it was a joke, but it still cost him his job.

"As a result of Dan Sileo's action on his personal Twitter account on November 3, 2013, WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station," WMEN said in a statement released by executive producer Marc Eisenberg, according to ESPN.com. "The ownership, staff, and management of WMEN 640 Sports do not condone his actions, which have no place in sports."

Sileo issued a series of Tweets in response to his firing, expressing his frustration with the reaction to his Tweet. One such Tweet red, "Let me start this TWEET by saying I am SHOCKED over the BACKLASH over a TWEET I made concerning an FSU player over the WEEKEND...It has been GREAT being at 640..BUT at this time it is BEST I part ways with 640..I offered 3 times on SUNDAY to resign..BUT..all the backlash..its NOT good for BOTH parties."

Sileo also said he had received death threats over the incident.

It's not clear why Sileo targeted Jernigan. It may have been because he was involved in a play in which star Miami tailback Duke Johnson broke his ankle, ending Johnson's season.

Jernigan was among several Florida State players who derisively used Miami's "U" hand gesture after several big plays.
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