Sports Entertainment Exclusive Details: Carl Banks Resigns from WFAN Midday Show After Contentious Kayvon Thibodeaux Segment
Published: November 1, 2023, 9:04 p.m. ET
In an unexpected turn of events, Carl Banks, former Giants star, has announced his resignation from WFAN’s midday show alongside Brandon Tierney and Sal Licata. The decision comes following a heated debate during a segment on Kayvon Thibodeaux, which ultimately led to a rift between Banks and the hosts. While Tierney and Licata criticized Thibodeaux’s performance, Banks defended the young player and accused the hosts of having an “unhealthy obsession” with finding flaws in athletes.
The contentious exchange reached a boiling point when Licata abruptly ended the call, stating that he had heard enough. Attempts were made by WFAN management to reconcile with Banks, but it was clear that his mind was set on leaving. Licata and Tierney addressed Banks’ resignation on-air, expressing regret and offering apologies for the way the conversation had concluded.
For Tierney, who has known Banks for over a decade and shares a mutual love for St. John’s basketball, the departure is bittersweet. However, he understands that passionate discussions can sometimes result in disagreements, and acknowledges that taking ownership of their actions was important in this situation. Tierney also revealed that he had spoken to Banks personally to address any remaining concerns.
The debate centered around Thibodeaux, who had an impressive performance against the Jets, exacerbating the already intense discussion. Banks, known as a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants, is not only a trusted sports figure but also an influential fashion entrepreneur, reviving the Starter apparel brand.
The news of Banks’ resignation has sparked interest among New York sports enthusiasts, with longtime sports reporter Gary Myers tweeting that Banks felt “completely disrespected” by the program. As fans process this sudden change, it remains to be seen who will fill the void left by Banks on the WFAN midday show.
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