After Florida State's 41-14 win over Miami, former Hurricane Dan Sileo entered his name into the present-day rivalry by putting a $1,000 bounty on Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman, according to collegespun.com.
UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 4
Sun Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde reports that Sielo has been fired.
Dan Sileo fired at 640-AM for offering a $1,000 bounty on an FSU player.— Dave Hyde (@davehydesports) November 4, 2013
Sielo expressed on his twitter page that he offered to resign and has even received death threats.
GREAT being at 640..BUT at this time it is BEST I part ways with 640..I offered 3 times on SUNDAY to resign..BUT..all the backlash..its NOT— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) November 4, 2013
good for BOTH parties....My family has DEATH THREATS from some @FSU_Football FANS and I even kept my daughter home from school today— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) November 4, 2013
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The offer came via Twitter and the tweets have since been deleted, but Sileo, a sports radio show host, has stirred up a whirlwind of controversy. It's one thing to be angry when your former team loses to a rival, but it's despicable to involve the notion of purposely an opposing player.
Sileo's deleted tweet says "in six weeks," which refers to a potential ACC championship game rematch between the two schools on December 7.
The current talk show host has since tweeted that his statements were meant to be a joke, although you have to wonder why anybody would joke about harming an athlete.
@ryanprasek I am....meant it as a JOKE than thats it..I see TONS of folks watch what i say....my mistake— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) November 3, 2013
It seems as though Freeman's postgame gesture, in which he made a "U" with his hands, was what sparked Sileo's outrage.
The former 'Cane was fired back in March from WQAM, a Florida radio station, due to an anti-semitic remark, but he's clearly failed to learn the lesson that his words extend far beyond the microphone he talks into for a living.
Should the two schools meet again, you can bet this will be a hot topic of conversation. But in the grand scheme of things, football is just a game. The passion is what makes the game so special, but former players like Sileo are proof that some people continue to take it too far.