Michael Phelps Calls Dan Le Batard An Idiot

Friday, September 26, 2008

Dan Le Batard has a myriad of awkward interviews under his belt, but this one might head right to the top of the list. The Miami radio host had Michael Phelps on yesterday, and after asking a few uncomfortable questions, the swimmer decided to cut the interview off. Well the fun didn't stop there. Phelps forgot to hang up the phone and was heard calling Le Batard an idiot. Via Sports by Brooks....

Sadly, the bewildered Phelps then went into “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it” mode, offering up more pap about how he loved to get the word out about swimming and help people.

To which Le Batard responded, “Do you go into the nightclub with these Kellogg’s products and just drop them on the floor with your face on them?”

That’s when Phelps had had enough, saying, “Sorry, I think we’re going to head to the next interview. Thank you very much for your time.”

After the interview, Phelps accidentally didn’t hang up the phone for a moment, saying to his handlers about the interview and Le Batard, “I didn’t say nothing. That guy was a idiot, that was ridiculous.”
Here's the interview in its entirety but near the 3 minute mark is when it gets interesting....

Too funny. The dial tone at the end was just awesome. I don't think I'm alone here, but the sooner Phelps' fifteen minutes are up....the better.

Please, Don’t Ask Michael Phelps to Tell The Truth (Sports by Brooks)


In fairness, Phelps speaks the truth on this one...

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 2:41:00 PM  

Michael Phelps is a goon!

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 2:45:00 PM  

offtopic but whatever, this needs to get out there... what a waste of life...


If you follow all the links you can go find Seahawks Huddle. The person that thread originated from is "Mason" who turns out owns the site... However, if you go through the thread called Congratulations!!! somone was disgusted enough to give out some helpful info to anyone who was particularly pissed off at this...


Matthew Wolfe
1709 262nd P
Ocean Park, WA 98640-4217
(360) 665-3870

This piece of shit needs to go down

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 2:57:00 PM  

Seriously....I couldn't even read that post because it made me sick.

Sep 26, 2008, 3:01:00 PM  

Pretty sure phelps says "joke," not "idiot."

Same difference, I suppose.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 3:13:00 PM  

If Le Batard and Mariotti meet, do they spontaneously explode, or merge into some sort of super douche?

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

great sense of humor by Dan le batard

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 3:33:00 PM  

lebatard did nothing wrong but call out an uber-douche. what an embarrassment phelps is to all awkward 18-24 year old white kids everywhere.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 3:47:00 PM  

Honestly, Dan LeBatard was in the wrong during that interview. It sounds like AA has a problem with the way Phelps spoke to LeBatard but the questions asked were stupid. He starts by making some stupid comment about hot girls. Then he asks about Phelps and getting money as if it's undeserved. Then the overplayed food question. "Do you like eating or is it a chore?" Are you f-ing kidding me?!

It's pretty clear to me that Phelps is just not as charismatic as your stereotypical superstar athlete. Maybe he just didn't understand the polite banter you are supposed to have before getting the your product during interviews. Plus, LeBatard is a moron. Does anybody actually like him?

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 3:58:00 PM  

Douche interviewing a douche.
Someone get me a towel to clean up this mess.

Sanity has gone south said...
Sep 26, 2008, 4:00:00 PM  

When is Le Batard's 15 minutes going to be over? Is he still riding that UM scandal he broke?

Joe Rose said...
Sep 26, 2008, 4:05:00 PM  

I'm not a big fan pf Phelps' personality, but what kind of ass insults a guy with 15 gold medals???

GMoney said...
Sep 26, 2008, 4:10:00 PM  

I'm sorry, I must've missed the "It's Cool to Bash Michael Phelps" bus.

And he's honest...Le Batard is a tool.

Corbin said...
Sep 26, 2008, 5:25:00 PM  

I don't remotely like Michael Phelps, but Dan LeBatard was disrespectful, wrong and completely out of line.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

Michael Phelps' ADHD (One reason why he lacks charisma out of a laundry list of reasons) had been very well-documented and the idea you can get Michael Phelps in an interview to be 100% there with such stupid questions is ridiculous.

LeBetard's no BS attitude can have its positives on PTI but really he can really be an uber-tool to the highest order.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

Dan Le Batard is an adolescent buffoon. He represents everything that is wrong with sports talk radio. Phelps was too much of a gentleman to smack him around for his idiotic questions. Jay Bilas can handle that role quite nicely. Now there was an interview where Bilas exposed Le Batard as the pathetic and shameless goof that he is.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 5:46:00 PM  

Le Batard can guarantee that the Phelps Phan will never listen to his radio show ever again.

Sep 26, 2008, 5:48:00 PM  

What's everybody's problem with Michael Phelps? Dan LeBatard is one of the biggest morons I've ever seen. I agree with the previous poster who said he represents everything wrong with talk radio. A self-absorbed buffoon with a massive ego.

Eric said...
Sep 26, 2008, 6:29:00 PM  

"I don't think I'm alone here, but the sooner Phelps' fifteen minutes are up....the better."

I couldn't agree more, now I see why his SNL stint was a bomb because he has no personality.

Billy B said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:31:00 PM  

How he go call somebody and "idiot" when he was smart enough to know that he hadn't hung up the phone.

Billy B said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:35:00 PM  


billy b said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:36:00 PM  


Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:36:00 PM  

I realize that athletes go out their way to avoid actually giving answers in interviews....but damn.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:44:00 PM  


Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 7:59:00 PM  

Dan Lebatard is one of the worst sports radio hosts that I have ever seen. The guy doesn't know sh*t about sports and he is annoying and unfunny to boot. Thank goodness I live in New York where there is high quality sports talk radio. No wonder Floridians are terrible sports fans when their sports stations include losers like Lebatard. I give so much credit to Phelps for not answering Lebatard's stupid questions. I don't get how people can rip on Phelps for "a lack of personality" when he's a laid-back, quiet kid. I think Phelps is doing a good job for being outside of his comfort zone.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 8:27:00 PM  

Le Retard doesn't know how to interview people...of course, we all already knew that.

Samuel said...
Sep 26, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Le Retard sucks at life

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 11:06:00 PM  

Phelps is a huge douchbag and the fact that he can swim really well seems to cloud a lot of people's judgement. Anyone who has met him doeesn't buy into the hype.

Anonymous said...
Sep 26, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

whether or not phelps is a douche is open for discussion and frankly i dont care. lebatard, an obvious talentless ass is making a living off of insulting world class athletes on his third rate show. congratulations Dan, you really made it big

Ryan said...
Sep 26, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Fer Chrissakes, he's a big, goofy kid with a learning disability who has focused his life for ten plus years on athletic success. Now he's got it. He's earned his money as much as any other athlete. He doesn't claim to be the second coming of anything. Jealous much? Sheesh.

Ref said...
Sep 28, 2008, 7:58:00 PM  

I don't understand why it's not okay to live his life the way he sees fit to live it the interviewer on the other hand may be making some points but is rude. Some things are unspeakable at least on air and if he cared so much about what kids though about this guy why would he go out of his way to expose him, i think phelps a just your average guy socially (of coarse in sports he dominates in swimming). this behavior by the radio guy is not okay he's showing people that its alright to be rude blunt and such when in reality we might want to act that way but we never want people on our ass 24/7 thats the reason most people move out of their parents houses early, i say let him live his life.

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 4:59:00 PM  

what was dan le bastard trying to accomplish through this interview? it was completely pointless muckraking.

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

im sorry, i thought talk radio sports shows would talk about...the sport???? and the athlete's accomplishments? phelps isnt running for office. why does he have to answer questions about going to clubs? he hasn't done anything illegal.... le BASTARD lives up to his name yet again

RSHOCK said...
Nov 11, 2008, 6:04:00 PM  

Lebatard is not a sports talk radio show host and he would be the first to admit that. In fact the show rarely addresses "pukey sports talk", electing rather to address the more abstract elements of sports and more favorably, pop culture. And that's exactly what Phelps is, a pop culture blip. How many people have visited Spitz's shrine at the Swimming Hall of Fame vs. seen people dress up as him for Halloween?

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 6:09:00 PM  

I'd never heard of Le Batard until seeing this. If his style is to try to trick people that have accomplished great things into saying something embarassing, all I can say is, Michael was right. Le Batard was the idiot here. Actually, Michael said "joke", but Le Batard obviously doesn't know what a joke is, or he'd see one in the mirror and find something better to do with his life.

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 6:37:00 PM  

Le Batard is awesome he does funny Sports talk and the same old coma inducing stuff his interviews are funny as hell.Some of you guys need to lighten up and look at it from a comedic side sports is fun so why not have fun

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 6:43:00 PM  

FIRST, I can not believe I am actually posting a comment about a story on effin SWIMMING....

Second, most of you TURDS along with Phelps need a sense of humor.

Third, if anyone had half a brain they probably should have prepared Phelps for the type of "radio" Lebretard does.

Fourth, anyone who bashes Phelps is a bigger MORON than he is because you have zero clue how many interviews he has done over the last few months and how many times he has answered the same idiotic question that LeBretard asked him. Its pretty easy to sit at your house typing on your computer about how much "personality" YOU would have in these situations but thank friggin' god we dont have to look at or here from any of you message board morons.

Fifth, its a tad presumptuous for LebRetard to acutally think Phelps SHOULD know the type of show he does.

Period. End of story. Everything else anyone posts on this issue is a W.O.T.

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 6:57:00 PM  

There's truth in jest, but there's a reason he's called "The hateable" Dan Le Batard.

Anonymous said...
Nov 11, 2008, 7:14:00 PM  

all of you who hate michael phelps can suck a big fat one! he's such a sexy speedo wearing man!

Anonymous said...
Nov 12, 2008, 12:46:00 AM  

why don't they cut that radio guy's head off? where are the towelheads?

Anonymous said...
Nov 12, 2008, 1:40:00 AM  

lol the radio guy is fuckin annoying

Anonymous said...
Nov 12, 2008, 2:02:00 PM  

Why hate a an American athlete that just dominated the entire world in his sport for the past decade. Lebatard is everything that is wrong with the sports media.... What kind of person tells someone that starting a charitable foundation is not cool enough? A jackass!!!

Ryan said...
Dec 2, 2008, 6:30:00 PM  

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