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In December of 2017, former ESPN president John Skipper resigned from his post abruptly, leaving the media world both shocked and curious. At the time, he attributed his resignation to issues with "substance abuse". Now, months later, a much darker story has been revealed — still involving drugs, but the onus doesn't fall entirely on Skipper.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, John described the days leading up to his resignation, citing that he was caught up in an extortion plot for a cocaine purchase:
"They threatened me, and I understood immediately that threat put me and my family at risk, and this exposure would put my professional life at risk as well. I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with Bob [Iger], he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign."
While Skipper doesn't outwardly blame Bob Iger, the Disney CEO, for his final decision to resign, he does make it clear that his hesitancy to weather the storm, ultimately solidified his decision. Skipper explained, "It was inappropriate for the president of ESPN and an officer of The Walt Disney Co. to be associated in any way with any of this. I do want to make it clear, however, that anything I did in this regard, and anything else resulting from this, was a personal problem."
He continued to say that while his drug problem never had any "professional repercussions", that he does still have profound regrets. It's unclear as to whether this truth will clear his name, but as it stands, he's been quoted saying that he "realized the profundity of what I'd done to myself, to my family, and that I'd given up the best job in sports on the planet."
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