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Remember when the only hoax ESPN would play on the public was the old “aluminum bats in pro baseball” report? They would tell us 5 minutes later that it was only April Fools Day.
This year, the network opted for a hoax on the air that lasted 2 weeks. With far, far more corrupt intentions.
Clay Travis of Fox Sports revealed on Saturday that former ESPN president John Skipper, who stepped away 11 days ago to rehab for “substance abuse,” was photographed drinking at a bar with ESPN host and comedian Dan LeBatard over the weekend.
It is also an open secret at ESPN that female co-workers have accused Skipper of harassment and sexual impropriety…the real reason for his resignation!
LeBatard had formerly broken down crying on the air over his former boss’s “substance abuse” problem.
Travis was suspicious, and had already poked several holes in Skipper’s original statement when a tip came that Skipper is actually on the hook for sexual harassment:
Remember, Skipper addressed all of ESPN five days before he resigned and bragged about ESPN’s future to all of the talent arrayed before him then. Four days before he resigned Disney announced the acquisition of over twenty Fox Sports regional cable networks.
Skipper even received a new multi-year contract extension less than a month ago, an event that was much ballyhooed in the media. How did all of that mesh with the decision to resign on the Monday of a holiday week. (Seriously, ESPN couldn’t even wait until the Friday before Christmas to announce this?)
The truth was the news made no sense.
And that’s because it wasn’t the truth.
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. In the wake of the Boston Globe story about sexual harassment I was told Skipper’s own issues suddenly emerged and that was why the resignation happened so abruptly.
And ESPN decided to blame substance abuse issues instead.
See below for the tweet-photo of LeBatard helping his friend through “substance abuse” by getting drunk at a bar.
Could this be the story that finally destroys ESPN?