Report: Tigers announcers lose jobs after alleged choking incident near broadcast booth

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Rod Allen and Mario Impemba have reportedly lost their jobs calling <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/det" data-ylk="slk:Tigers">Tigers</a> games after an alleged attack over a chair at work. (Getty)
Rod Allen and Mario Impemba have reportedly lost their jobs calling Tigers games after an alleged attack over a chair at work. (Getty)

On Sept. 7, Fox Sports Detroit suspended Tigers TV announcers Rod Allen and Mario Impemba for the remainder of the season after an alleged physical altercation outside the broadcast booth. 

Now the two have apparently lost their jobs.

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Report: Broadcasters done after alleged attack

The Detroit Free Press reports that a new broadcast team will call Tigers games next season as the duo will not be welcomed back.

The alleged incident took place on Sept. 4 after reported “simmering tension” between the two led to Allen following Impemba out of the broadcast booth and choking him. The altercation reportedly took place over a chair.

From Detroit’s WDIV:

Sources told Local 4 that Impemba left the broadcast booth at some point and Allen followed, assaulting Impemba from behind and choking him.

The altercation was because of a disagreement over a chair in the booth, sources told Local 4.

Allen’s agent Tom Shaer denied the allegations at the time in a statement given to WDIV.

“We have not commented because Fox Sports Detroit is handling this professionally and thoroughly. But these ridiculous, blatantly false descriptions require me to speak the truth and say they are utter fabrications.

Allen and Impemba did call another Tigers game from that point.

Pair worked together for nearly 17 years

The two worked together for nearly 17 years in the Tigers broadcast booth and had opposing personalities and broadcast styles, according to The Athletic’s Katie Strang.

Neither has spoken publicly since the alleged incident. The Free Press did not report potential successors, but did note that Detroit sports media veteran Matt Shepard and former Tigers player and coach Kirk Gibson finished the season in the booth.

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