ESPN chief John Skipper resigns to fight drug addiction

Updated: Dec 19, 2017, 12:32 IST | ANI

ESPN President John Skipper has announced his resignation, admitting that he is fighting a drug problem

ESPN President John Skipper has announced his resignation, admitting that he is fighting a drug problem. John Skipper, who has been president of the company since 2012, said in a statement that he's struggled for many years with substance addiction, giving no details of the specific problem. "I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem. . . . I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down," he added.

It was reported that John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing his struggles with a substance addiction as the cause December 18, 2017. SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 08: John Skipper, President of ESPN Inc. and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, arrives at the Sun Valley Lodge for the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference on July 8, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the worlds wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. Pic/AFP
It was reported that John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, citing his struggles with a substance addiction as the cause December 18, 2017. SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 08: John Skipper, President of ESPN Inc. and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, arrives at the Sun Valley Lodge for the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference on July 8, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the worlds wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. Pic/AFP

ESPN said that its former president, George Bodenheimer, will take over as acting head of the company for the next 90 days. Skipper, who also served as co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks, said he discussed the matter with Disney executives "and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign".

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