Sid Rosenberg (above), the controversial WFAN talkie, has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the radio station.
“There are issues in my personal life that I need to deal with for my sake and the sake of my family,” Rosenberg, 37, said in a prepared statement.
When asked if Rosenberg has left WFAN to enter substance-abuse rehabilitation, FAN GM Lee Davis would not comment except to say: “This is a personal matter for Sid.”
Mark Lepselter, Rosenberg’s agent, offered a “no comment” when asked if his client’s leave of absence was linked to substance abuse.
In September, Rosenberg, who is the sports reporter for the “Imus in the Morning” show and co-host of FAN’s midday program with Joe Benigno, was suspended for missing work. At that time, Don Imus, on the air, said Rosenberg had a problem and needed help.
In a prepared statement, Davis said Rosenberg has the “full support” of WFAN management.
“There are no plans to make any changes to Sid’s positions on the ‘Imus in the Morning’ program or the ‘Sid and Joe Show,'” Davis said.
Last week, on the air, Rosenberg said he was going to Cleveland to work on a pay-per-view boxing/wrestling event that was being taped last Saturday.
Both he and Benigno kidded about whether Rosenberg, married and father of a 1-year-old daughter, would be on time for work on Monday.
Rosenberg did not make it to work. Benigno said his partner was “under the weather.” On Wednesday, rumors began swirling that Rosenberg’s absence had nothing to do with the common cold.