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  • A radio show host for an ESPN show in Ohio was suspended for a tweet about ESPN Game Day broadcaster Desmond Howard, above, that "crossed the line," according to a colleague.

      A radio show host for an ESPN show in Ohio was suspended for a tweet about ESPN Game Day broadcaster Desmond Howard, above, that "crossed the line," according to a colleague.
    Associated Press/2011 file

 
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A Columbus sports talk-show host who tweeted he wished ESPN's Desmond Howard would get fired or die has been suspended by his station.

Dave Van Stone, president and general manager of WBNS 97.1 The Fan, confirmed Tuesday that Scott Torgerson has been suspended indefinitely for the tweet. WBNS is an ESPN affiliate and the flagship station for Ohio State athletics.

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Torgerson tweeted over the weekend that he wished Howard, a former Heisman Trophy winner at Michigan, Ohio State's chief rival, would get fired or die so Torgerson could again watch ESPN's College GameDay.

Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State player who is a college football analyst on ESPN with Howard, blasted Torgerson during his own WBNS program. Herbstreit said the tweet was "disgusting and very sad" and "crossed a line."

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