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ESPN President Resigns, Citing ‘Substance Addiction’

ESPN President John Skipper abruptly announced his resignation Monday morning, citing an unspecified substance addiction problem. “Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN,” he wrote in a statement published to ESPN’s PR website. “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.” Skipper added: “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down. As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.”