DETROIT (WJBK) - The Detroit Tigers broadcasting partners who got into an alleged fight Tuesday will not be scheduled for any future telecasts this season, according to Fox Sports Detroit.
Analyst Rod Allen and play-by-play announcer Mario Impemba reportedly engaged in a physical altercation after the White Sox game in Chicago on Tuesday night. Kirk Gibson and Matt Shepard were brought in to replace them.
After speaking with all involved parties, FOX Sports Detroit has decided not to schedule Rod Allen and Mario Impemba for any future Tigers telecasts this season. Since this is an internal matter, we will have no further comment.— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) September 7, 2018
The Tigers also released a statement, saying they support the decision:
"The Detroit Tigers support our partners at FOX Sports Detroit in their decision regarding Mario Impemba and Rod Allen."
Reports released later Thursday claimed Allen choked Impemba from behind and that the dispute began over a chair.
Neither will appear in any future broadcasts this season, according to Fox Sports Detroit. There are 22 games left this year.
Allen tweeted the following statement Thursday night:
I’ve always conducted myself as an honorable professional and I always will. Because this is a personnel matter. I can’t comment right now.— Rod Allen (@RodAllen12) September 7, 2018
Impemba was reached at his house by FOX 2's Jessica Dupnack. He said "I'm fine but I don't have further comment."
According to Allen's agent, there was no fight.
"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.
"There was no 'fight.' Nobody followed anybody, there was no contact from behind, and a 'choke hold' is a shamefully untrue way to describe anything which occurred in that very brief altercation.
"Anonymous fiction by others does injustice to the very concepts of fairness and professionalism. Those who give such gross untruths to media should be ashamed of themselves."