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ESPN president John Skipper resigns, cites substance addiction

Rob Bradford
December 18, 2017 - 11:34 am

ESPN president John Skipper's name is no stranger to Boston sports fans. Controversial approaches by his organization toward newsworthy subjects pertaining to New England sports-centric topics usually put Skipper in the heart of the conversations.

Now, he's gone.

ESPN announced Monday that Skipper was resigning from his post, citing substance addiction as the impetus for his decision.

George Bodenheimer, who worked at ESPN from 1981-2014, will serve as acting chair of ESPN for the next 90 days, overseeing the transition process. 

The following are the statements from Skipper and Bob Iger, the chairman and chief executive at the Walt Disney Company:



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