In a surprising revelation, ESPN president John Skipper announced on Monday Dec. 18 that he was resigning from his position to focus on treating his substance abuse problem. Skipper had worked at ESPN since 1997 and became president in 2012, recently signing a contract extension through 2021. He claims to have struggled with substance abuse for many years, but declined to give any extra details into his problem, only that the time to deal with the problem was now.
“I come to this public disclosure with embarrassment, trepidation and a feeling of having let others I care about down,” he said in a statement. “As I deal with this issue and what it means to me and my family, I ask for appropriate privacy and a little understanding.”
We wish Skipper much luck in his decision to seek treatment and acknowledge the tremendous courage it took to publicly admit his substance abuse problem. Let this be yet another reminder that addiction can affect anyone in any situation.