ESPN President John Skipper Resigns, Citing Substance Addiction

John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN Monday, the network announced. George Bodenheimer will take over his duties for the next 90 days,

“Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN,” Skipper said in a statement. “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.

Skipper, 61, has been with ESPN since 1997 and took over as president in 2012.  Last month, he and Disney had agreed to a contract extension keeping him in the position through 2021.

Lets hope the guy get the help he needs.

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