ESPN Historian Thinks Community Is Mendacity About John Skipper

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James Andrew Miller wrote the ebook on ESPN, “These Guys Have All of the Enjoyable,” and now he isn’t shopping for the most recent story the community is promoting.

Following the sudden resignation of ESPN president John Skipper, who stepped down Dec. 18 as a consequence of “substance dependancy,” Miller particulars in a chunk for the Hollywood Reporter how issues simply aren’t including up.

“Nobody noticed Skipper’s departure coming, together with these closest to him on the community,” Miller writes, noting how “likable” the previous ESPN president was. “Few, if any, knew he had a “substance dependancy” challenge; and most, as soon as they discovered of it, requested incredulously why he didn’t take a go away of absence to hunt remedy, then return, conceivably stronger than ever.”

Whereas Miller acknowledges “the absence of a smoking gun,” he additionally explains how such a large determination on Skipper’s half couldn’t have come with out “lengthy and deliberate thought,” main him to consider that any “substance dependancy” isn’t the actual purpose for his leaving.

“First, I merely don’t consider Skipper is an effective sufficient actor to face in entrance of lots of of ESPN staff Dec. 13 and lay out an infectious and enthusiastic blueprint for the way forward for the corporate — and inform them, in response to sources who have been there, “We’re all on this collectively” — if he knew he’d be leaving in a mere 5 days. No. Freakin’. Means,” Miller says. “Skipper may be as artful and crafty as the very best of them, however mendacity like that has an amoral dimension to it that’s definitely not Skipperesque. (If something, he’s gotten himself into hassle by being too clear).”

Miller additionally particulars how Skipper’s sudden public visibility makes little sense if he knew he was going to depart, to not point out how he agreed to a contract extension within the spring.

The journalist additionally explains how he and the ESPN president had been discussing an extended sit-down interview for over a yr, holding conversations about such an occasion proper up till his resignation.

“We continued to speak about it and in early December he advised me he was going to have the ability to do the interview and we simply wanted to give attention to extra particular timing,” Miller explains. “When was our final communication about such timing for the interview to happen? Dec. 14 — the day after his speech in Bristol and the day earlier than sources point out the choice was made to announce his resignation 72 hours later.”

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