Former ESPN President John Skipper said he resigned from his role because of a cocaine extortion plot, according to comments he made in an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
In the interview, Skipper talked about how he used cocaine and had always been careful about his usage. However, a lapse of judgment led to Skipper’s decision to buy cocaine from a new source, which had big consequences.
“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,” Skipper said. “I foreclosed that possibility by disclosing the details to my family, and then when I discussed it with Bob, he and I agreed that I had placed the company in an untenable position and as a result, I should resign.”
In this day and age when every resignation from an entertainment executive is a result of a sexual scandal, John Skipper leaving ESPN because he’s involved in a cocaine extortion plot is quite refreshing. A happy ending, if you will. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. When I saw the link this morning to an article stating that John Skipper opened up about his resignation, my first thought was, “I wonder how old she was”. And then I saw that it was just cocaine, and was like “oh isn’t that nice”. I think we as a country are finally healing. Things are starting to look normal again.
In my opinion, a good leader needs to know where to draw the line, and I consider John Skipper a great leader, because apparently, he drew an excessive amount of lines. John Skipper going down for cocaine is literally a white on white crime.
The silver lining with this story is even though this man ruined his career and his relationship with his family, at least he stimulated the Central American economy while doing that. Can Matt Lauer say that? Didn’t think so.
And I appreciate ESPN not letting this situation affect their regular programming, because despite their CEO admitting to being a coke head, they’ll still run a twenty minute segment on some NFL player who smoked weed once because his brain doesn’t work anymore and he has no cartilage left in either of his knees. They’ll still talk about how unemployable Baker Mayfield is despite having a drug addict on their own payroll. That’s real journalism.
Regardless, it’s just another day of us white men being persecuted. At this point I can only hope my children live to see the day where white men live in a world where we can run major corporations AND get involved with drug rings. I guess we’re second class citizens until then. Nevertheless, I persisted.