John Skipper has unexpectedly resigned as president of ESPN, citing substance addiction

  • John Skipper has unexpectedly resigned as president of ESPN.
  • In a statement Monday, Skipper cited a long struggle with substance abuse and said he wanted to take care of the problem.
  • Skipper had been president of ESPN since 2012.

John Skipper has resigned as president of ESPN, the company announced on Monday.

Explaining the surprise move, Skipper released a statement citing a long history of substance addiction.

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

James Andrew Miller, the author of “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” cited an ESPN source as saying there were no other reasons for Skipper’s resignation.

“‘This is about addiction. Nothing else,’ was background statement from senior @ESPNexecutive,”Miller wrote on Twitter.

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the former ESPN president George Bodenheimer would serve as acting chair of ESPN until a replacement could be found.

Skipper added that he told the company of his decision and that the two sides “mutually agreed” that it was best for him to resign.

“I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down,” Skipper said. “As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.”

This post was updated with a quote from James Andrew Miller.

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