ESPN officially announced plans last week that it was breaking up its most successful radio show “Mike & Mike” with Mike Greenberg getting his own type of show on the worldwide leader and Mike Golic possibly staying on the radio with Trey Wingo and his son Mike Golic Jr.
However, the seemingly courteous relationship on the air is turning poisonous off of it, according to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.
“It’s really a poisonous atmosphere right now,” an ESPN employee who has worked on “Mike & Mike” told SI. “Most of us don’t see the show lasting through its contractual end. But I give both these guys immense credit because when the light comes on, you would not know what’s going on. They are pros on air.”
The way the ESPN personalities are breaking up are seemingly going the way of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Apparently Greeny never told Golic that he wanted to do more than radio when it came up in 2016.
“From Golic’s perspective, he thinks Mike (Greenberg) should have come to him and told him he wanted to do his own thing,” an ESPN employee told the magazine. “But Greeney is very non-confrontational, truly a nice guy, and he would say that it wasn’t incumbent on him to tell Golic everything about what he wanted to do professionally. I guess I can see both sides.”
There’s definitely going to be more that comes out. But after doing the same show, with the same person, for nearly 20 years, it is no doubt that maybe a change is necessary. Though, I don’t think anyone thought it would come to less-than-amicable breakup.