After 37 years at ESPN, veteran sportscaster Bob Ley has seen it all. Well, nearly all.
Ley, 61, was broadcasting live from Havana, Cuba, Tuesday as part of the sports network’s coverage of the historic baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team.
However, just moments after the “SportsCenter” studio host zoomed to Ley to get reaction to President Obama saying it was about “much more than just a baseball game,” he was photobombed by a protester.
“This was about more than just, more than just … we have a moment here with a political demonstration on our set,” he said, while swiftly moving off camera to the left and “sending it back to the studio.”
The protester demanded the right to free speech and shouted “down with the Castros,” according to the Miami Herald, but within minutes, plainclothes policemen had packed him into a marked car.
“What was amazing was the speed of the police response,” Ley said. “There were three marked cars that came literally out of nowhere.”
Obama’s three-day trip to Cuba marks the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years.
The last time a big league baseball club played there was 17 years ago when the Baltimore Orioles came to Havana’s Estadio Latinoamericano stadium during spring training.