Former ESPN President Reveals He Left After Cocaine Extortion Plot

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Former ESPN President John Skipper recently revealed that he resigned as president ESPN and co-chairman Disney Media Networks after being extorted by a man he bought cocaine from.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Skipper explains that he had never done cocaine at work at ESPN and had used “quite infrequently” over the past 20 years. If he truly had a substance abuse problem, as he states in the interview, it’s hard to believe he used infrequently.

Skipper, who had worked at ESPN for 27 years, says he was careful about hiding his use, including who he bought from, but that changed last year when he picked up from someone different for the first time.

Shortly after the extortion plot, Skipper resigned as President ESPN on December 18, 2017. He has since been to therapy and sought treatment for his addiction, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “I’m actually quite excited. In some ways I have no choice but to make the best it. And I do intend to make the best it. I’ve been meeting with people, and that has gotten me even more excited. I’m healthy, and I’m ready to plunge back in.”