ESPN president resigns, citing substance addiction

Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 11:40:51-05

SUN VALLEY, ID – JULY 5: John Skipper, president of ESPN Inc., attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 5, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world’s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ESPN president John Skipper resigned on Monday, citing a substance addiction.

“I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,” Skipper said in a statement. “I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem.”

He went on to say, “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down.”

Skipper joined ESPN in 1997 and became president of the network in 2012.

The news comes just weeks after his contract was renewed by Disney, ESPN’s parent company.