UPDATED with return date: Ryen Russillo, who hosts his eponymous show on ESPN Radio, will return to the air September 5 — nearly two weeks after he was arrested for criminal entry in Jackson, WY.
We’re hearing that ESPN did suspend Russillo after the incident, which The Sporting News reported occurred during the early morning hours of August 23. Few details of the arrest have been made public, but the misdemeanor charge is akin to trespassing.
Last week, an ESPN spokesman told Deadline “we are looking into it” when asked about the arrest and its potential fallout. Russillo has been absent from the airwaves and appeared to be vacationing in or near the popular tourist town at the base of the Grand Tetons. He was tweeting last Tuesday evening about the blockbuster NBA trade between Cleveland and Boston but also posted a pic of Lava Lake in Montana.
Wyoming law states: “A person is guilty of criminal entry if, without authority, he knowingly enters a building, occupied structure, vehicle or cargo portion of a truck or trailer, or a separately secured or occupied portion of those enclosures.”
Russillo made his name as co-host of ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo — originally titled The Scott Van Pelt Show — for six years until Scott Van Pelt left in June 2015. Russillo then was paired with Danny Kanell, and their 10 AM-1 PM ET show was renamed Russillo and Kannel. After Kanell was laid off in April along with more than 100 ESPN staffers, Russillo went solo with The Ryen Russillo Show.
Deadspin first reported Russillo’s arrest.