Artie Lange THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0018 — Pictured: Artie Lange on March 12, 2014 — (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

Comedian Artie Lange has had a wide and weird involvement in the sports world, from dooming Joe Buck’s HBO show in 2009 to making awful tweets (that got him banned from ESPN’s airwaves) about Thomas Jefferson, slaves and sex in reference to then-First Take host Cari Champion back in 2014. It’s the latter that has him in the news again this week, as Lange again brought up Champion (now an anchor on ESPN’s bicoastal noon SportsCenter) and Jefferson in a tweet Thursday:

Lange then endorsed a terrible response to this:

Not surprisingly, there was strong backlash, with ESPN personality Jemele Hill and many others criticizing Lange:

In 2014, Lange tried to say this was all a joke, but it’s hard to see what’s particularly funny about it. It’s also weird that he brought it up again, especially as it cost him at least one gig (on Comedy Central’s @midnight) last time. Maybe this will continue Lange’s slide into obscurity, but it’s certainly odd to see him do this again after the backlash he received the last time.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.