I still can't believe this happened, I mean really, where was his respect for Herman's "friends" seated next to him? I always knew he was arrogant but to say something like this? Those "hillbilly's" make a job for him. Mr. "city boy" needs to go back to his "penthouse" until they turn off the lights when he can't pay his bill!
How rude of him, how could anyone say that about someone anyway. So sad and unneeded attention now for Herman, perhaps he can focus on his riding and since he "forgives him" move on.
How crazy any of this happened anyway, I talked to Holly today and she told me a little about it, I was shocked.
Tiva is doing okay I think, much better than most might do, she seems to be getting along w/ the riders? Who knows.
This whole Haber this is pretty disturbing and I aggree if he is gone Jerome should come a board.Guess I am from the old school when the PBR started on TNN with Donny Gay,Pam Mimic, and the other guy liked the team they had there but the sport has really grown since that time. If this coment was made it diffenently should not have made made around the mic............Hope he goes personally,,,,,,,,Lonny
Mistakes happen. Haber is a mistake Actually, what runs through my mind here is the vision of Bush and Cheyney saying "a**hole" and "big time" on mic. My main thought is that if you are going to say something aloud, prepare for it to be heard. Here's hoping the riders don't stoop to boots up the hiney with this guy. He's not worth the effort. Perhaps OLN can provide someone more to the viewers' and riders' liking who is more genuine and who appreciates the position. I like the Jerome Davis idea also. He was wonderful the one time I heard him in the booth.
Post by twinpinesmt on Feb 24, 2006 16:32:55 GMT -5
OLN, PBR brace for litigation following Haber’s dismissal February 24th, 2006 by Josh Peter Brett Haber’s next PBR-related appearance could be in court. Bracing for potential litigation, OLN has ordered employees not to discuss the case publicly. Randy Bernard said the PBR’s lawyer has advised him against addressing it. And Haber has not returned messages seeking comment since OLN fired him earlier this week as its play-by-play announcer for PBR telecasts. (As far as I know, Jerry Nelson is still available for comment – but at risk of incurring heavy fines from the FCC.) Plenty is going on behind the scenes since Haber’s ouster. Attorneys are involved in the situation, a source said, and the apparent issue is whether OLN will pay Haber the remainder of his contract – a one-year deal reportedly worth more than $200,000. If OLN refuses to pay, the announcer might sue the network. On what grounds? Though Haber is responsible for his remarks, a source said OLN employees erred by failing to turn off the audio feed during the fateful commercial break, allowing Haber’s remarks to be heard on all of the in-arena TV monitors.. It was during that break Saturday night when rider Brian Herman was struggling to get settled in the chute and Haber said, “Nod your head you f—— hillbilly. You’re not going to ride anyway.’’ With Haber gone, Justin McKee and Michael Gaffney will handle the broadcast duties this weekend during the Saturday and Sunday telecast from St. Louis. OLN is still working on long-term plans on the broadcast team, OLN spokeswoman Amy Phillips said Friday. But, keeping in line with the mum’s-the-word-mood, she added, “There’s nothing really to say at this point.’’
Post by chrisshiversn2006 on Feb 24, 2006 17:11:31 GMT -5
Hey Twin? you better be careful what you cut and paste it has been known for the PBR to visit and make threats to those who own these sites so just be careful. Right about now randy would love to come in here and have "EVERYTHING" you "cut and paste" rather it is PBR material or not removed.
As far as Jerome Davis goes he will not be the guy to take over. With his health issues and everything else he will not be on tv unless it is his event. What i feel is gonna happen, is that the PBR will bring back Craig Hummer after the Olympics to replace Haber and keep Justin and Micheal. Just my thought and I have heard this several times this week. The Olympics are over for him and they will put him in this week for a trial run. Kenny Rice will not be the guy because, he is locked up with TVN as a racing analyst and therfore can't be full time. That may be a blessing. Tava will not be going anywhere until her contract is up in November of this year.
You have to be kidding me when most of you say you can't believe that Herman did nothing. What was he suppose to do punch haber and get sued and have to pay haber for his comments. He hasn't won enough money to do something like that. Haber probably wouldn't even sue him probably just press criminal charges against him and laugh at him.
Last Edit: Feb 24, 2006 17:19:41 GMT -5 by chrisshiversn2006
lol, I agree cowboy4443. No more reasons to mute the TV then.
Personally I'm happy they fired him, I was never really a big fan, but I don't think I'm quite as die-hard anti-Haber as some others. I don't see where polictics played into this at all, Haber got nailed for something a lot of people heard him say and he paid the price for saying it, it is questionable that Allan did that on purpose (which I don't think he did). Why suspend somebody if there is a probable chance they didn't "commit the crime" to begin with.
I also think adding a different stock contracter or a rider in the booth each week would be an interesting addition.
Post by twinpinesmt on Feb 24, 2006 17:59:52 GMT -5
I agree with you mlm18...
One could only hope Kenny is busy. As for Tava, I thought she was still on a trial basis. I do believe that Brain was the bigger man and most of the people here believe the same thing. I also think Haber would press charges if something more than that happened. However it would have been entertaining to see.
Post by twinpinesmt on Feb 24, 2006 19:00:47 GMT -5
If the board gods #superman# have a problem with me forwarding on or cutting and pasting articles I will stop. I am waiting once again on the PBR for a reply on Press Releases. I have also emailed Josh Peters on this matter. If you want know what I find out PM me. #comp2611#
Hillbillies, get in line: Haber offended others on way to OLN Posted by Josh Peter on Saturday, February 25th, 2006 at 12:11 am.
Well, well, well.
Did some research and it turns out Brett Haber, the recently fired OLN play-by-play announcer, can be a little – shall we say – prickly.
In 1994, Haber landed a job as a co-anchor for SportsCenter. ESPN let him go three years later, and the decision had less to do with his talent than his attitude, according to an item that ran in the Boston Globe Sept. 26, 1997. Here’s the Boston Globe blurb:
“Brett Haber, who recently started work at a Washington station after his contract was not renewed at ESPN, was one of the more talented writers on the all-sports network and handled himself quite smoothly on air.
“The only problem was that Haber, a Dartmouth graduate, had trouble getting along with his fellow workers. Once, Haber was suspended because of an argument with a producer concerning whether Haber’s tie was crooked for a live shot.
“He also had problems with at least one writer, accusing one of ‘trying to get me fired’ after he wrote about the tie incident, which happened at the US Open. When Haber returned to ESPN after his suspension, he was ordered to apologize to the producer he had the spat with, but he never did. Instead, Haber asked the producer whether he was trying to get him fired.”
Haber resurfaced a few months later as sports director for the Fox affiliate in Washington D.C. Three years later, he moved on again when he took a job as sports anchor at the CBS affiliate in New York City. Wasn’t long before things turned prickly.
In May 2001, the New York Daily News reported: “Well-embedded moles report there is static between Ch. 2 Tapehead Brett Haber and some WCBS-TV staffers. Spies say B.H. has ruffled some feathers with his off-air behavior. In January, one tape editor got ticked at Haber for editing a piece during the Super Bowl. The editor’s union filed a grievance with Ch. 2 management. Perhaps Ch. 2 suits should consider spiking the water supply with some chill pills before a full-scale tension convention breaks out.”
Haber got the ax a year later. Wrote the Daily News: “Haber seemed to struggle to find the right tone for the newscasts. His ESPN-like smart-aleck approach to sports didn’t endear him to many in the newsroom, which may have led to the end of his tenure there.’’
In 2003, after Haber took a job as a morning radio talk show host in Washington D.C., OLN hired him as its play-by-play man for PBR telecasts.
Though he’s out at OLN, he remains the weeknight sports anchor at the CBS affiliate in D.C. A week before starting that job in 2004, Haber told the Washington Times, “There are times I could have made better choices.