ESPN President Quits Due To "Substance Addiction"

Amid plummeting ratings, mass job cuts, and constant #resistance, ESPN President John Skipper has finally called it quits from running the so-called sports channel.

Here is Skipper’s statement:

Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN. I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships. I owe a debt to many, but most profoundly Michael Lynton, George Bodenheimer and Bob Iger.

 

I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.

 

I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign. I will always appreciate the human understanding and warmth that Bob displayed here and always.

 

I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down.

 

As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.

 

To my colleagues at ESPN, it has been a privilege. I take great pride in your accomplishments and have complete confidence in your colective ability to continue ESPN's success.

The 61-year-old Skipper joined ESPN in 1997 as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. He was promoted to his current job on January 1, 2012.

Here is what ESPN president John Skipper said in a recent memo to staffers:

"ESPN is about sports... It is not a political organization."

So will that agenda change now?

Comments

land_of_the_few fauxhammer Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:03 Permalink

Hey, he's Western, that means he can get Therapeutic Use Exemption TUE for his drug habit and run for an Olympic sport.Heck if he took the amount of steroids those Anglo boys are doing on the off-season he could probably beat Sweden or Finland in a sport he knows nothing about!Maybe he'd like a sh1t-ton of Norwegian / UK asthma Salbutamol inhalers? Branded Atomic, or Blizzard or something.Or maybe Atomic-Head-Blizzard, for the ones with extra "bite" :P

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CRM114 Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:24 Permalink

So, for all those of you who thought you would have to be off your head to make some of the decisions ESPN has...you were right! ;)

pods Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:25 Permalink

I'd be fucked up too trying to deal with covering professional narcissists all the time.  Nevermind the fact that the sports announcers think of themselves as way more important than they really are.pods

Calculus99 Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:26 Permalink

If you've been asleep the general attack on sports is just part of the general attack on men, white men in particular.So far the UK hasn't fallen for it. But I think they will... 

insanelysane woody188 Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

I work in IT.  A few years ago I closed a ticket, No Action with the comment Company needs random drug tesing.  Boss calls me up and says what the hell is this comment.  I ask boss to read description of issue.  Then I tell boss that over 10,000 users for that system and only 1 employee is reporting that the system screen is doing what it is doing.  Long pause.  The an OK.  Never heard back from user or boss as I am sure the user was thinking after he came down from whatever he was on, I better not call IT when I am fucked up.

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currency Mon, 12/18/2017 - 11:28 Permalink

ITS ABOUT TIME - ESPN NOSE DIVING and DISNEY could care less, Disney culture to social issues and anti Trump agenda. This guy was a loooooooooooooooooooser.Now perhpas we will see the other so called Social agenda issues people leave and the real Sports people take over and brig ESPN back as a Sports Broadcast vs FAKE NEWS CNN.