Valley native Sam Mayes sacked from sports radio show after audio leak


(WKBN) – A Valley native is under surveillance after being accused of making racist comments in a leaked audio recording.

Sam Mayes lived in Austintown and graduated from Fitch High School in 1999. He then moved on to play football for Oklahoma State University, where he would eventually be drafted into the NFL.

Mayes became a sports broadcaster for Tyler Media 107.7 in Oklahoma City. However, he was reportedly fired recently after an audio recording from 2016 surfaced with what is said to be Mayes and her colleague Cara Rice making inappropriate comments about Native Americans.

According to, during the show, the pair spoke about efforts by Native American activists to change the name of the Washington NFL team.

Then a conversation between the two took place during a commercial break, but the microphones were still on and recording.

First, a man believed to be Mayes says, “What’s the excuse for the natives that they didn’t fight to make this thing change forever?” “

Then a woman believed to be Rice said, “They were too drunk to organize.

The man then says “Hashtag Lysol” and the woman responds by saying, “Hashtag of the golden spray paint out of the trash”. This would refer to breath, the practice of inhaling aerosols to get drunk.

They go on to say, “Hashtag, we’re all going to lose our jobs someday,” Mayes added. Rice replied, “Someday one of these microphones will stay on.”

WKBN First News has contacted Mayes but has yet to receive a response. However, he tweeted this statement regarding the incident.

“I received a call from Tyler Media regarding the recording of a private conversation in 2016, which to my understanding was obtained illegally, it was not a hot mic situation,” he said in the communicated.

He goes on to say that he asked his colleague a question, where he was really curious as to what prompted the Washington NFL team to change their name. He says his colleague responded with “nasty and racist comments,” which he “did not dispute, but took lightly with the” Hashtag Lysol “response,” he said. declared.

He said: “The remarks that followed by my colleague made me very uncomfortable and I ended the conversation by saying, ‘That kind of talk would get us fired.


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