March 26, 2015


Tait hospitalized with pneumonia

INDEPENDENCE — Cava­liers radio play-by-play man Joe Tait is going to be out of action for a bit due to pneu­monia.



Tait, a Lafayette Township resident who will retire at the end of the coming season, experienced discomfort and chest pains during and after the Cavs’ preseason win in Houston on Sunday night.

Following the game, he was transported to The Methodist Hospital in Houston and accompanied by head athletic trainer Max Benton.

Tait was admitted, treated and kept overnight for obser­vation and testing. After being diagnosed with pneumonia, he was listed in stable con­dition and was receiving additional treatment while resting comfortably, the Cavs said. Tait was expected to remain in The Methodist Hos­pital on Monday night and perhaps an additional day before returning to Ohio.

The Cavs played in Dallas on Monday and Fox Sports Ohio was not broadcasting the game, so TV play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod filled in for Tait.

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