ESPN’s Dana Jacobson suspended after roast rampage

Jan 25, 2008 at 4:48 p.m. ET

Dana Jacobson, co-host of the ESPN morning show First Take, has been suspended after a booze-fueled tirade got her in hot water at a roast for two ESPN radio hosts earlier this month.

The obscenity-laden speech targeted the religious beliefs of Catholic university Notre Dame, whose Irish football coach Charlie Weis was in attendance of the roast held in honor of the eighth anniversary of Mike & Mike in the Morning co-hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. 

According to The Press of Atlantic City, Jacobson "made an absolute fool of herself, swilling vodka from a Belvedere bottle, mumbling along and cursing like a sailor as Mike & Mike rested their heads in their hands in embarrassment." 

Jacobson, who has been suspended from her on-air position for a week, released the following statement: 

"My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I really am. I have personally apologized to many of the people involved. I won't make excuses for my behavior but do hope that I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment." 

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said, "While we in no way condone Ms. Jacobson's comments, we're aware of the circumstances in which they occurred, and, in the interest of forgiveness, trust that she and ESPN have addressed the matter in an appropriate way."