Just over a week after ESPN President John Skipper resigned from his position at the “Worldwide Leader” to deal with substance abuse issues, a Fox Sports reporter offers another explanation for Skipper’s abrupt departure.
On December 18, Skipper tendered his resignation, saying, “I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction.”
“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign,” Skipper continued. “I will always appreciate the human understanding and warmth that [Disney CEO] Bob [Iger] displayed here and always.”
According to Breitbart News, Skipper had “just signed a multi-year contract extension in November.” They wondered if ESPN had just become aware of Skipper’s issue.
Clay Travis of Fox Sports Radio and Outkick the Coverage offers another explanation, as he reveals ESPN may have become aware of issues besides substance abuse. Travis claims that several people approached him with reports of sexual harassment issues inside the company.
In an article on Outback the Coverage, Travis questions the claims about substance abuse and the need for a hasty resignation. He claims that “many in sports, business and media” said his statement didn’t ring true, and that “dozens of people talked about being out with John Skipper in social situations all over the country and how they’d never seen him under the influence of any drug or alcohol.”
Travis also claimed multiple people were scheduled to meet with Skipper the week he resigned, curiously scheduling meetings he knew he would not attend.
Travis offers a different theory: “In the next couple of days I was told by multiple sources I trust inside ESPN that the reason for Skipper’s ‘resignation’ was because of sexual harassment issues inside the company.”
He claims he was told that Skipper’s issues emerged in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations revealed across Hollywood, Washington and major media outlets. Those revelations are what made Skipper’s resignation so urgent, Travis claims.
Travis went on to tweet photos from a “tipster,” which appear to show Skipper (the grey haired man in the pictures below) and ESPN radio host Dan LeBatard at a bar in North Carolina, after he’d resigned from ESPN.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 30, 2017
“A trip out to have a couple of drinks with your friend would all be perfectly normal and a total non-story except for the fact that Skipper just resigned from ESPN 11 days ago citing his struggles with substance addiction and his desire to get help for that addiction,” Travis writes.
So why the deceit, especially considering other media outlets and networks have absorbed blows brought by sexual abuse allegations? Breitbart offers a theory. They say that Disney CEO Bob Iger is rumored to be interested in running for president in 2020 on the Democratic ticket, and as he is likely to target the female vote, Iger may wish to conceal a high-profile sexual harassment scandal – especially if it extends beyond Skipper.
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