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Run for mayor costs Steve “Mongo” McMichael his ESPN radio job

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Former Chicago Bear Steve "Mongo" McMichael has had lots of jobs.

He has claimed a Super Bowl ring, took serious hits in the wrestling ring, and now, he's venturing into the political ring.

But, on Wednesday, he lost his job as a Bears analyst with Chicago's ESP radio affiliate WMVP AM 1000--all because he's running for mayor of Romeoville.

"The station manager called me Friday and said they were going to pull me off the air because of this," McMichael explains.

The former defensive lineman and a member of the 1985 Super Bowl winning Bears, says he has been doing his homework by attending the village of Romeoville's board meetings led by his opponent, incumbent Mayor John Noak.

McMichael says the mayor's attorney sent a letter to the radio station saying Noak reserved the right to request equal time, referring to the FCC's "equal time rule" that requires broadcast stations to provide equal opportunities to all candidates for public office.

"I was surprised. This is not a news show. It's a sports show. I was an ‘85 Bears opinion. That's why I was hired. Not beause I'm gonna be mayor," McMichael says.

Over the phone, an ESPN spokesman told FOX 32 News that McMichael was taken off the air on December 26th--the day he filed his papers--saying, "Once Steve officially filed to run for mayor, we decided it was appropriate to not have him appear on our air."

"I can see right now, it's clear to me that I need to get an election lawyer," McMichael says. "If its a rule and law, I don't have a problem with it...it's the thing I've chosen to do."

There are a total of three candidates running for mayor of Romeoville, including Steve McMichael, incumbent John Noak, and former Mayor Fred Dewald. The election will be held on April 9th. McMichael says that win or lose, he will try to get his sports radio show back.

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