ESPN President John Skipper has resigned from his position because of substance addiction issues, the company announced in a statement.
“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."
“I have disclosed that decision to the company, and we mutually agreed that it was appropriate that I resign,” he added. “I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down.”
Last month, it was reported that Skipper was nearing a contract extension that would have kept him with ESPN through 2021. Skipper has worked with ESPN since 1997 and was named president in 2012.
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch reports that many of the ESPN staffers that he has spoken to has no idea that Skipper's resignation was coming.
Here are some of the tweets from current and former ESPN employees on Monday morning:
“I join John Skipper’s many friends and colleagues across the company in wishing him well during this challenging time,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in ESPN's statement. “I respect his candor and support his decision to focus on his health and his family.”