CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Radio talk show host Bill Cunningham -- known for provocative comments -- may have finally slid over the line by saying on the air Reds outfielder Adam Dunn was playing drunk. The Reds are looking for a tape of Cunningham's comments, and the possibility of a libel lawsuit hangs in the air like a long fly ball. Cunningham is a conservative talker who is rumored to be in line as a successor to Matt Drudge on Sunday nights.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has a nice account of the rhubarb today. Cunningham and other talkers have often pushed the envelope to hold listeners and prop up ratings. Is this his Don Imus moment? Ballplayers are millionaires and left fielder Dunn has the dough to find a lawyer who can make life miserable for Cunningham and his broadcast outlet. And Clear Channel, the media giant that owns WLW-AM, 700, may not have the stomach for a protracted court battle. Dunn may have made a costly error, but that doesn't mean he was soused. Cunningham may have swung and missed. The question: Is he out?