Banned at ESPN
After Slavery Sex Tweets
Artie Lange is persona non grata at ESPN after tweeting a slew of sexual and racially charged jokes about a female African-American ESPN host … TMZ has learned.
Lange sparked outrage across the Internet Wednesday when he tweeted his graphic sexual fantasy about Cari Champion from “First Take” — which involved her being a slave owned by Thomas Jefferson. Lange envisioned himself as Jefferson.
ESPN initially called Lange’s tweets “reprehensible,” but now a spokesperson for the network tells TMZ they’ve flat out banned him. We’re told … “there will be no future bookings” for the comedian.
Late Wednesday evening Lange tweeted an apology directly to Champion — but oddly added that he stood by the “joke” as a comedian.
Lange was also cut from a Comedy Central gig because of the slavery tweets.