Fox Sports Detroit broadcasters sent home following altercation

Tigers broadcasters turn on each other in physical altercation

Tigers broadcasters turn on each other in physical altercation

Shepard and Gibson were last-minute replacements for Impemba and Allen.

According to a report from Katie Strang of The Athletic, Detroit Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen were replaced by Matt Shepherd and Kirk Gibson on Wednesday night after an altercation on Tuesday. A later report from Local 4 said that Allen choked Impemba from behind following a disagreement over a chair in the booth, citing unnamed sources.

It is not clear what prompted the fight, but sources told the Detroit Free Press that it was "severe" in nature.

The relationship between Impemba, 55, and Allen, 58, which has normally been tense, became so heated that the two men had separate travel arrangements booked so that there would be no further escalation.

According to The Athletic, Impemba and Allen have clashed personalities for a while, though this appears to be the first physical dispute between them.

Allen, Impemba, and their representatives all declined to comment on the matter.

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"I don't discuss professional matters that involve my clients with people who are not my clients or their employers", Shaer said.

"They're like an odd couple", a person familiar with the dynamics of the broadcast's production told The Athletic.

Impemba and Allen have been together for 17 years on Tigers' broadcasts. And working closely with someone for a long time can breed conflict.

When reached Wednesday night, a Tigers spokesperson referred questions about the incident to Fox Sports Detroit.

It is not clear whether there will be any discipline assessed for the incident, which one source said was broken up by a third party.

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