Dan Le Batard Broke Down Live On Air Upon Finding Out About ESPN President John Skipper’s Resignation
Earlier today, ESPN President John Skipper unexpectedly announced that he is resigning from the biggest organization in all of sports media, citing a ‘substance abuse’ problem he has allegedly been grappling with for many years.
Skipper, who will walk away from a $5 million yearly salary, shocked not only the sports media industry at large, but his decision blindsided many who worked under him. Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch’s spoke with an ESPN staffer who revealed, “Nobody knows anything. There is a lot of reckless speculation out there.”
The 61-year-old has joined ESPN in 1997 as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine, ESPN reports. He was named President of the network on Jan. 1, 2012. His resignation came just one month after his contract was renewed through 2021.
ESPN radio personality Dan Le Batard learned of his boss’s resignation while he was live on the air this morning, and was battling his emotions while delivering the news.
“This person has created everything that exists here at ESPN, for us,” said Le Batard. “And he did it because of how he cares about minorities and their causes. And so every success that we’ve had—I didn’t want to work for ESPN, I wanted to work for this man, okay.”
Le Batard was far from the only current/former ESPN employee to voice his praise for Skipper.
George Bodenheimer, ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011 and its executive chairman until May 2014, will take over as the acting chairman of the company until a replacement is found.