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ESPN President John Skipper Announces Sudden Resignation

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John Skipper, the longtime President of ESPN, has resigned citing substance abuse issues.

"Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," Skipper said in a statement. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem."

Skipper told the worldwide leader in sports about his problem and both parties agreed that it was best he resign.

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"I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down," Skipper continued. "As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding."

The former president joined ESPN as Senior Vice President and General Manager of ESPN The Magazine in 1997. Skipper was named President of the company on Jan. 1, 2012. 

A few ESPN employees took to Twitter to express support for their former boss.

George Bodenheimer will take over as President of ESPN until further notice.