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On John Skipper's final weekend as ESPN president, he gave no indication he planned to step down

  • Skipper was fielding calls and making business decisions as late as Sunday, the day before he abruptly resigned, citing substance addiction, according to John Ourand. Ourand reports that ESPN staffers are still in a “state of shock. None of the sources contacted for this story -- more than a dozen -- suspected that Skipper might step down at any time, much less this week. In fact, none had any idea that he was struggling with an addiction. While many of the sources spoke of having drinks with Skipper on occasion, none of those sources knowingly had seen him under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In fact, Skipper had a reputation at ESPN as an exec who did not like to attend industry parties. He frequently shied away from them.”

    TOPICS: ESPN, John Skipper, Sports